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Sunday Express calls for game tax to be put into sports facilities

Sunday Express calls for game tax to be put into sports facilities

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The Sunday Express has launched a campaign called ‘Fit For The Future’ designed to put pressure on the government to use the tax revenue raised from videogame sales to pay for sports facilities for children around the UK.

We wouldn’t exactly call it a bad idea, as it can only be a good thing for the government to put money into sports facilities, but the Express can’t resist using it as an excuse to take some ill-informed sideswipes at the games industry. It even refers vaguely and inaccurately to the same report as the Metro did back in January,

“Experts believe its return has been triggered by the fact so many youngsters prefer to play on games consoles in their bedrooms rather than experience the great outdoors, meaning vitamin D deficiencies are alarmingly high.”

Experts believe no such thing, and were keen to point that out last time. We’ve contacted two of these experts, Newcastle University’s Dr. Timothy Cheetham and Prof. Simon Pearce, inviting them to comment. We’ll post an update if and when they do.

We’re no experts, but we’d say that a child’s health is the responsibility of a child’s parents. Government should facilitate good parenting where possible, of course, but there’s more to it than pouring money into sports facilities.




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