If politicians stopped pretending to an almost totalitarian infallibility, and encouraged the rest of us to show what we can do, the results would be better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.