Some months ago, when someone smarter than I (I can’t even remember who it was!) suggested that the Fat Tax, the subject of my column today, could get backing from the Right as well as the Left, I scoffed. Now we have the potential of David Cameron, Britain’s decidedly Tory P.M., backing a significant national fat tax in the U.K., according to the Daily Mail. He’ll be attacked for nanny-state-ism by his own members, of course, but Britain’s highest-in-Europe obesity rate (third in the world, after the U.S. and Mexico) and the dangers to the National Health system – the oldest single-payer system in the world and perhaps the largest (depends how you measure) — could make this interesting.
(Originally posted here.)