Governments tax tobacco to discourage people smoking.
They have “carbon taxes” to discourage emissions of carbon dioxide.
And the British Government has announced overnight it will now be taxing soft drinks, to discourage Britons drinking so much sugar.
Taxes like these are levied to discourage a particular activity the government would like to discourage. And they do.
So my question is: What on earth do they think taxes on business do?
And does the implication of that bother them in any way at all?