The salient point is that it is government intervention that raises the cost of living.
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Aside any concerns about individual choice, it will undermine small shops and do little to hinder black marketeers.
Blame is an essential part of individual responsibility. Absolving overweight citizens of their agency enables poor behaviour – and mandates disabling legislation.
Only ten years ago we’d have been mid-table, but since 2007 single-issue campaigners have struck a string of blows against lifestyle freedom.
When more than 30 million of us regularly drink wine, why does the pub – not the wine bar – continue to represent political expediency?
And evidence from abroad suggests that it will fail in its declared aim of reducing obesity.
Steve Double called for one on this site yesterday, but available evidence suggests it would be deeply regressive and would not work.
There are liberal-minded left-wingers on the right side of the fight for freedom, and patrician Tories on the wrong.
The Conservative priority must instead be to ensure health policy is guided by experts in the field of nutrition, not enthusiastic amateurs spouting sound bites instead of science.
The case against one in practice isn’t to be confused with anti-state rhetoric which is not Conservative in flavour – and turns off voters.
For the first time this year, the money Britons earn will go into their pockets, not the taxman’s.
Whoever forms the next government is likely to use publicly funded lobby groups as cover for tax hikes on the poorest.
Ryan Bourne: Price controls cause shortages, queues, overcrowding, underinvestment and unemployment. And they’re back.
They seem to be more back in vogue with all political parties than at any time since the 1970s.