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…

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…