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.”
By using sugar tax funds, it could greatly alleviate some of the difficulties in schools across the country.
This ‘nudge’ instinct is all too common in corporations, which view themselves as guiding forces on health, morality, politics, and actually most things.
Businesses and producers should not be punished as a result of a hasty and ill-thought-out campaign to tackle childhood obesity.
Evidence does not suggest Britain is at the sweet spot on the Laffer Curve where raising it will cut revenue, nor that doing so will harm investment.
The final part of a mini-series of three articles on obesity policy for ConservativeHome this week.
From supermarkets and sugar taxes to surgery, there are a broad range of options at the Prime Minister’s disposal to get Britain’s weight under control.
Given the prospect of a second wave of Coronavirus, the UK needs radical solutions.
I qualified as a personal trainer to train people in my spare time. The greatest challenge is breaking down the barriers people face to getting fit and healthy.
It isn’t justification enough that obesity exacerbates the virus if any realistic timeline for slimming the nation is longer than the pandemic.
The Government has to generate revenue quickly, but austerity and spending cuts are not viable options.
The Neoliberal Manifesto, a joint project between the Adam Smith Institute and 1828, champions an approach based on freedom, markets and choice.
In the absence of counter-arguments, we can’t really be sure what the public thinks about state action on unhealthy lifestyles.
The Government should resist Defra’s enthusiasm for bans and emphasise public education, plus the enforcement of existing anti-littering laws, instead.