We need to allocate funds from the Sports Premium and the Sugar Tax to open up school sports facilities and playing fields.
Plus: A crazy clergyman, a bonkers Imam, and unreason on obesity. Richard Holden’s innocence. And: I am ready for Desert Island Dicks.
Enforcing a pre-watershed ban is an important step towards the sort of cultural change we need for a healthier population.
There needs to be a paradigm shift in policy and culture. Our state should work to keep us healthy and allow us as individuals to be responsible for our actions.
The underlying motive for this tradition, though now often dressed up in quasi-medical language, is as much aesthetic as sanitary.
The relief that obese people afford public services by dying early is almost never acknowledged in the health economics literature.
It doesn’t read like a strategy at all, and I’m doubtful that it will achieve anything.
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.
Blame is an essential part of individual responsibility. Absolving overweight citizens of their agency enables poor behaviour – and mandates disabling legislation.
By compelling us to extend our lives, the public health lobby is priming the real time bomb beneath the NHS: our ageing population.
It is obscene that people have been left in limbo and handed cash rather than given help for their problems.
There is only one way to lose weight, and I’ll reveal the secret to you.
Public health builds mechanisms for limitless state interference in our lives but with no clear case for why living longer justifies overriding personal freedom.
The Coalition’s Responsibility Deal needs to be transformed into a legislative framework which is phased in over the next five to ten years.