Category Archives: Take Nanny down

An interview with the Globe and Mail

Yesterday morning I received this tweet: @SincDavidson Hi Sinclair, I have tried to reach you for a story I’m doing on plain packaging. Wondering if you can please respond? — Carly Weeks (@carlyweeks) October 18, 2016 Seemed very strange. I … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes Nanny NHMRC stacking the deck on drinking guidelines?

The National Health and Medical Research Council does loads of stuff.  Some useful, some not. One bit of stuff it’s doing is reviewing its 2009 Alcohol Guidelines, the advice it sponsors about booze: how much can you drink, what constitutes … Continue reading

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Ian D Suttie and the ‘taboo on tenderness’

The gender engineering movement under way in Victoria brings to mind the work of the Scottish psychiatrist Ian D Suttie. His ideas could have revolutionised psychoanalysis in a humanitarian and scientific way but he died with his one book just … Continue reading

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A deal is a deal

I see our elected elite are all out and about carrying on about gun control and horse-trading and the like. The kerfuffle started this morning: Malcolm Turnbull is being pressured to relax the nation’s gun laws to secure two key … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes Harm reduction: is Nanny losing the initiative?

This week has been a good and bad week for the harm reduction cause. First the bad.  UK Health secretary Jeremy Hunt declared war on the course which is the greatest delight of all meals: pudding.  Mr Hunt has listened … Continue reading

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Cross post: “World Health Organization Uses Exclusion to Silence Debate” Says Former Australian Minister

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been severely criticised in a comprehensive report launched today by former Australian Government Minister, Dr Gary Johns, who claims that a forthcoming WHO international tobacco convention lacks the transparency and dialogue which underpin United … Continue reading

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Vaping as a disruptive technology

On the long, long flight back from Brazil last week I read Calestous Juma’s new book Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies.* It occurred to me that vaping (electronic cigarettes) is also a disruptive technology. We often … Continue reading

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James Paterson on tobacco excise

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The evolution of the state

Once upon a time the state used to harass women who wore too little at the beach. Now the state harasses women who wear too much at the beach.

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Make him feel the heat

The great Ronald Reagan had a wonderful expression: When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat. Those were my thoughts this morning while reading Niki Savva’s column. Unlike my good friend Steve Kates I am … Continue reading

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