Britain is one of the worst nanny states in Europe

Regular readers won’t be surprised to hear that Britain is one of the worst nanny states in Europe and the…

30 Apr 2019

The true absurdity of the ‘junk food’ advertising ban, revealed

A little known fact about Transport for London’s ban on ‘junk food’ advertising is that a company doesn’t have to…

24 Apr 2019

HL: Genomics, technology and the future of healthcare

How do you fly a plane whilst changing the wings? This was the question posed by Professor Sir Mark Walport…

11 Apr 2019

The power of technology to make lives better

It was a packed house at One Great George Street on Monday morning as Health Secretary Matt Hancock kicked off…

28 Mar 2019

The campaign to make alcohol ‘the new tobacco’

If you’ve been watching closely, you’ll have seen the signs. The campaign to turn alcohol into The New Tobacco happened…

28 Mar 2019

There’s no such thing as ‘junk food’ – so how will an advertising ban work?

When the government announced its public consultation on restricting food advertising on Sunday, the press release came with an intriguing…

19 Mar 2019

Can technology and AI revolutionise the NHS?

The annual Spectator Health Summit, chaired by Alastair Stewart, is a unique opportunity for health and care leaders to examine the priorities of the NHS, the role of AI and technology and how best to allocate the budget that will determine the health service’s direction for the next decade.

15 Mar 2019

The unintended consequences of the ‘junk food’ advertising ban

It’s only been a week since Sadiq Khan’s ill-conceived ban on ‘junk food’ advertising across London’s public transport network came…

5 Mar 2019

Confused by the headlines on alcohol consumption? You should be

Two front page headlines based on figures from the Office for National Statistics caused confusion this week. The Daily Mail,…

8 Feb 2019

Eat healthily, or else! – the plan to change your diet by force, explained

The increasingly loony Lancet is on a roll this month. After causing global mirth two weeks ago by publishing the…

28 Jan 2019

You can safely ignore the government’s sugar guidelines

If you still have faith in Public Health England, last week’s episode of More or Less has the antidote. The…

18 Jan 2019

Tax, ban, regulate: the radical ‘planetary health diet’ explained

One of the secrets of the success of the nanny state campaign over the years has been the refusal of…

17 Jan 2019

Childhood obesity is a fake epidemic

The NHS released the latest childhood obesity statistics earlier this month. Officially, 16.5 per cent of children aged between two…

18 Dec 2018

Shrinkflation: coming soon to a restaurant near you

It is less than a year since Public Health England told us that we should be consuming no more than…

14 Dec 2018

The public health lobby wants to introduce a ‘meat tax’. Don’t bet against it

Once you accept that the modern ‘public health’ movement is just the latest incarnation of the puritanism that waxes and…

6 Nov 2018

Presumed consent law will lead to fewer organ donations

So much political folly could be avoided if we focused on outcomes rather than intentions. The passing of legislation in…

29 Oct 2018

Public health officials are on a moral crusade

The Netherlands comes a respectable 24th out of 28th in the Nanny State Index (the fewer points, the freer the…

11 Oct 2018

Energy drinks – the government bans first and asks questions later

His restaurant empire may be falling apart but Jamie Oliver can console himself that he’s still running the country. At…

30 Aug 2018

The temperance movement’s latest study proves only one thing – it is economically illiterate

It seems to be Economic Illiteracy Week in the temperance movement. On Monday, it was ‘revealed’ that places which have…

23 Aug 2018

Cadbury’s low-sugar alternative won’t appease the public health lobby

Cadbury’s have announced that a new Dairy Milk chocolate bar with 30 per cent less sugar will hit the shelves…

20 Jul 2018

The food supply is being taxed, regulated and reformulated – on the pretext of a lie

Earlier this week I suggested that the ‘extremely worrying’ news that children are eating twice as much sugar as the…

21 Jun 2018

Moving goalposts – a government-approved lifestyle is always out of reach

Something dramatic happened twenty years ago that has been all but forgotten. On June 17th 1998, 25 million Americans suddenly…

18 Jun 2018

The BBC is promoting carbohydrate hysteria

One of Twitter’s odder subcultures warns you of its obsessive presence with the hashtag #LCHF. It stands for ‘low carb,…

11 Jun 2018

The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children

We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added…

6 Jun 2018

Anti-obesity policies are based on the whims of celebrity chefs – and aren’t helping people lose weight

If you pay a blackmailer once, you will keep being blackmailed, and so it is no surprise that the government’s…

30 May 2018

The WHO is becoming a glorified lobbying group

Has somebody put a curse on the World Health Organisation? Every time it holds a conference to discuss the ‘epidemic’…

25 May 2018