6 June 2012

Great news! Governments agree to abolish death!

A deal signed at a world health forum provides a charter for public-health nuts to declare war on our lifestyles.

24 April 2012

Old moralism in new packaging

The current campaign to force cigarettes into plain packets is driven by an ugly Prohibitionist zeal.

25 May 2011

Australia: the world leader in illiberalism

From bans on video games to drinks advertising, Australia has become the world’s number one nanny state.

11 December 2009

The nanny state turns nasty

From smoking bans to sin taxes, Scotland has proved itself a willing victim for the nanny state’s angrier successor: the bully state

Books 27 November 2009

Our humourless, illiberal, curmudgeonly rulers

From smoking bans to sin taxes, Brian Monteith finds that Scotland has proved itself a willing victim for the practices of the nanny state’s angrier successor: the bully state.