Given the obsession with "elites" we've had lately from the press and politicians, it's dismaying that, presented with a rare actual example -- possibly the most perfect example -- of elitist thinking, it meets groupthink rather than critical consideration.

As my esteemed colleague Guy Rundle correctly pointed out yesterday, the Grattan Institute's proposal for a sugar tax this week -- enthusiastically backed by Fairfax -- is exactly the kind of elitist thinking that should now be sending up red flags given the populist surge rattling policymakers in Anglophone countries.