The economy is on everyone's mind. In the UK there is a lot of belt-tightening that has been a disaster for some. While the royal nuptials headlines appear in your tabloids & magazines popular with the younger set, there is more talk about cuts in spending than what Mrs. Middleton will be wearing to the royal wedding. Friends from California have a small gourmet pizza shop and they report that they were visited by a well-dressed man to discuss a tax on soda.
It seems your beverage industry is rather unhappy about the prospect of a tax on their product. My friend sent me the URL ,and I was fascinated by the cleverness of their self-serving argument.
Example: "Even a past president of the American Dietetic Association and a prestigious Harvard study have concluded that they cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship between soda and obesity"
This is the site http://nofoodandbevtaxca.com/faq/#facts