Category Archives: Take Nanny down

But, but, but … peer review.

Dick Puddlecote draws our attention to a very amusing editorial in Tobacco Control. Despite careful review and selection procedures, no journal can guarantee that everything published is accurate, or that all readers will agree with the authors’ interpretation of findings. … Continue reading

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How much?

Another day and anther bunch of do-gooder tax-seeking statists arguing that a tax will make the world a wonderful and safe place. This time it is an obesity tax.  WHEN two out of three Australian adults and one in four … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Nathan Dyson Freedoms and Fines: NSW growing fine revenue

As Australians we often take for granted the extensive public services that we receive for a subsidised or free price. What we sometimes forget is how these services are being paid for and by whom. Like every state and territory … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes The TGA and nanny staters just can’t help themselves

February’s not turning out to be a great month for the cause of true harm reduction and trusting people to make wise decisions in looking after their own health. First, schools in New South Wales are banning – believe it … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Colin Mendelsohn Australia’s looming e-cigarette ban robs smokers of a chance to quit

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) recent interim decision to effectively ban nicotine-containing e-cigarettes is a harsh blow to smokers. Australian smokers will be denied access to life-saving technology estimated to have helped millions of smokers to quit overseas. Those … Continue reading

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British childcare is expensive! Who would have thought?

Yesterday I got a mail from Malcolm boosting his childcare package. Wanting to he helpful but also in a hurry I quickly replied “Save the money and deregulate the system. The regulations are far over the top”. I go a … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Philip Thompson High Taxes And Plain Packaging Fund North Korean Nukes And Terrorists

In just first few weeks of 2017 police over the world have been busy seizing counterfeit cigarettes. In Ireland investigators, including Detector Dog Alfie, seized 60,000 illegal cigarettes with a street value of €32,500 ($34,000 USD), just beating out the … Continue reading

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Nanny’s obesity game plan

Nonetheless, experts and advocates deployed powerful frames to generate political priority, resonating with communitarian notions of social justice and protecting vulnerable groups from harm. An initial emphasis on child (vs. adult) obesity and a ‘protecting kids’ frame helped push the … Continue reading

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Two thoughts

Terry Barnes has written an absolute ripper op-ed in the Spectator (cross-post below). Two quick thoughts. While many public health experts are objective analysts and commentators open to opinions other than their own, and accept contrary evidence on its merits … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Terry Barnes Time to call out the public health boot boys and their media droogs

This week the public health Pooh-Bahs opened self-righteous fire on yet another front. A public health Pooh-Bah is a self-appointed guru convinced utterly their own rightness, who delights in telling the rest of us how to live and brook no … Continue reading

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