nanny-state

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

Where do the parties stand on the nanny state? For libertarians, the outlook is bleak

It might not be front of mind for everybody at election time but for single-issue voters like me, only one…

2 Jun 2017

Does BBC Radio 2 encourage heavy drinking? Welcome to the weird world of public health

Is the BBC driving you to drink? According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health — and…

3 May 2017

Stub out the fags, pour away the booze. Britain has succumbed to the nanny state

The nanny state has spoken and we, the people, have listened. Worse still, we’ve obeyed. Figures released by the Office…

21 Feb 2017

A ban on wine gums at the checkout? The scary thought is Cameron might back it

The Conservative party is a broad church but is it really broad enough to accommodate Dr Sarah Wollaston? The honourable…

22 Jan 2016

Anti-sugar fanatics are watching how many biscuits you buy

Today is the start of Sugar Awareness Week. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s because it has just…

30 Nov 2015

Australia’s health activists don’t like freedom. So now they want to redefine it

It is a sure sign that a person is against freedom when they start trying to redefine it. Even politicians…

24 Nov 2015

Australia’s shark-punching outlaw spirit is losing its battle with the nanny state

Last September, a 20-year-old man was retrieving a goose he had shot in Australia’s Northern Territory when a crocodile dragged…

4 Aug 2015