The ban on flavoured tobacco is a sign of a public health lobby that is too focused on coercive regulation and inexperienced at debate and persuasion.
Posts Tagged: Nanny State
It isn’t justification enough that obesity exacerbates the virus if any realistic timeline for slimming the nation is longer than the pandemic.
In the absence of counter-arguments, we can’t really be sure what the public thinks about state action on unhealthy lifestyles.
Lee Rowley: Brexit is big. But our politics is bigger – and I say that as a committed Leaver. Here are some ideas to boost it.
Remainers and Brexiteers alike must recognise the politicians are stuck in an ever-decreasing circle of fervour, hyperbole and hysteria.
From Tony the Tiger to the sale of narwhal ivory, from plastic straws to eating dogs, the list of proposed bans grows weekly.
Holyrood has led the race for greater state intervention in people’s lives, and power has never felt more removed from voters’ concerns.
Wollaston’s pudding taxes and bans on cartoon characters are the opposite of Davidson’s call for more joyful politics
It isn’t only flinty securocrats who find themselves in conflict with her positive message – moaning nannies should take heed, too.
The underlying motive for this tradition, though now often dressed up in quasi-medical language, is as much aesthetic as sanitary.
Hundreds if not thousands of pubs have disappeared because the people who used to enjoy a drink and a smoke together have gone elsewhere or stayed at home.
Nicola Blackwood: Our new obesity strategy isn’t nanny state, it’s a sensible plan to make children healthier
This is about encouraging industry to reduce sugar content, improve school sport and empower parents, not abolish individual responsibility.
Now that Osborne has gone, so too should this un-conservative levy.
These taxpayer-funded busybodies have made hectoring others their full-time lifestyle choice. And they will not stop.
A way of approaching the Investigatory Powers Bill, and much else, even before we know all the details.
Lord Nash is wrong to endorse a policy which undermines parental authority to expand state power, and should look to Scotland to see why.
The terrible truth is that, to a large extent, each country chooses how many people will die on its roads