Sugar tax claims jump the shark
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by Christopher Snowdon
2d ago
The Guardian is trying to find out how gullible its readers are. How else can you explain a headline like ‘Children’s daily sugar consumption halved just a year after tax, study finds’? It can only be deliberate. The alternative explanation is that Guardian journalists cannot read a simple study and are highly credulous, but since that is unthinkable we must assume that such headlines are designed to be idiot tests.   Read the rest at Cap-X ..read more
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Smoking-related cancers at an all time high?
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by Christopher Snowdon
5d ago
Do people in “public health” have little meetings where they dare each other to tell the media the most outrageous nonsense they can think of? Is it a competition? Do they put money in a pot which they only lose if a journalist laughs at their press release and refuses to publish it? If so, that day never seems to come. I stopped giving money to Cancer Research UK (CRUK) years ago when it became obvious that they were prepared to abuse people’s trust in their brand by using dodgy claims to lobby for stupid policies. I suppose you have to expect activists to gild the lily somewhat, but there’s ..read more
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Last Orders with Tim Black
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by Christopher Snowdon
1w ago
We recorded put out the Last Orders podcast a bit earlier than usual this week so it didn't arrive after the election. It's a good one with Spiked's Tim Black discussing the political betting 'scandal', what a Starmer government will look like and responding to an angry nutritionist.  Listen here ..read more
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Who is behind the betting "scandal"?
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by Christopher Snowdon
2w ago
The political betting "scandal" has dominated the British news cycle for two weeks. Very few people are asking the obvious question: who is behind all the leaks and why are they doing it? It seems to me to be very much like election interference, as I wrote in Spiked yesterday...   A more interesting question is who is pushing this story? As experienced bookmaker Geoff Banks says, the Gambling Commission has ‘studiously maintained for the past two decades that it neither discusses the details of investigations that it undertakes nor does it discuss the fact that an investigation may or ..read more
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The minimum pricing lies get bigger
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by Christopher Snowdon
3w ago
The Toronto Star is looking to Scotland to teach it how to reduce alcohol-related deaths. In an article titled ‘How Scotland started to kick its alcohol problem — and what Ontario could learn from it’, it pushes back on plans to liberalise Ontario’s state monopoly on alcohol retail, saying:   Ontario officials say they are fulfilling a 2018 election promise to increase “choice and convenience for shoppers and support Ontario retailers, domestic producers and workers in the alcohol industry.” But Scotland has cut alcohol-related hospital admissions by 40 per cent and deaths by almost half ..read more
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The squelchy, grey, self-serving, leftish puddle of inanity
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by Christopher Snowdon
3w ago
Nesta came out with more anti-obesity bollocks at the weekend. I wrote about this pointless organisation for The Critic.   This is an organisation whose core purpose is supposed to be innovation and yet it failed to see a new generation of weight-loss drugs coming and when it finally acknowledged the arrival of semaglutide, it expressed concerns that it could “deepen the emphasis in the popular discourse on a “personal responsibility” narrative”. As Andrew Orlowski has recounted, Nesta got the opportunity to develop a touchscreen smartphone before Apple did, but cocked it up at every tur ..read more
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The hard left WHO
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by Christopher Snowdon
1M ago
The WHO European Region published a new report, written mostly by British 'public health' academics. It is quite revealing. For example...    This requires, at a minimum, that governments recognize that the primary interest of all major corporations is profit and, hence, regardless of the product they sell, their interests do not align with either public health or the broader public interest. Any policy that could impact their sales and profits is therefore a threat, and they should play no role in the development of that policy. Similarly, governments must also recognize the now ov ..read more
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The George Orwell motherlode
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by Christopher Snowdon
1M ago
As promised, there was a lot of Orwell-related activity over the weekend from the IEA. You Do Not Exist, my book about Nineteen Eighty-Four is available to download (free) here. You can download the whole novel plus my introduction here. I wrote about it for the Spectator and Quillette. And I made this little video about Orwell's London ..read more
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Orwell's pessimism
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by Christopher Snowdon
1M ago
It's the 75th anniversary of the UK publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four tomorrow and there is a whole load of Orwell-related stuff coming from me and the IEA. Stay tuned, but for now here's an article I've written about him for Quillette...  Orwell may have been pleasantly surprised had he lived to see the real 1984. It is often said that his dystopian novel is a warning rather than a prophecy and Orwell himself was keen to remind people that it was “after all a parody,” but he was also quite explicit that Nineteen Eighty-Four was a conditional prophecy. Shortly after the book was publi ..read more
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Nicotine pouches: there may be trouble ahead
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by Christopher Snowdon
1M ago
I sense the start of a moral panic about nicotine pouches. The government has made this more likely by completely ignoring them since they appeared five years ago, as I explain in The Critic.   The greater, unspoken concern is that widespread use of nicotine pouches among professional footballers could inspire children to emulate their idols. It is easy to imagine a moral panic erupting around nicotine pouches in schools much like the panic about disposable vapes. There was a harbinger of this last week with a sensationalist Channel Four documentary titled “Snus: Hooked on Nicotine”. The ..read more
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