The language of personal responsibility is common in Conservative rhetoric, but in policy terms they may as well just quote Job: “Here thou shalt come, but no further.”
The tragedy of the puritan is that they will never actually be free of “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be having a good time”.
It would be to all our benefit if our healthcare system played a less dramatic role in our elections; it has been a political football for too long.
I believe that empowering councils to play their full part as leaders of place will streamline resources, reduce bureaucracy, boost productivity, and support levelling up.
Together, the United Kingdom and United States are leading the way in the fight to eradicate preventable diseases.
£50 million of funding was announced this week for 13 councils to research “health inequalities”. The practical benefit has not been made clear.
We hope over the coming years that our alternative nicotine products will continue to help many more adult smokers to make the switch.
The policy had real and sometimes tragic costs, but it isn’t obvious they could have been as easily avoided as some make out.
The Khan Review is a glimpse of what happens if puritans are given completely free rein to rule over their fellow citizens.
The Health Secretary knows voters are unlikely to back the Tories in 2024 in gratitude for getting Ukraine right.
We owe it to our children, and the NHS, to crack down on advertising and make sure healthy eating is always the easy choice.
Obesity is a complex problem, and squeezing low-income households with mandatory price hikes won’t solve it.
Of course there should be targeted interventions to meet the needs of at-risk groups, but the time for universal measures is over.
I am very pleased that the Treasury has refused to finance Mark Drakeford’s anti-science socialist agenda.