Public health and the obsession with behaviour

ESSAY: Recent thinking on health policy has been driven by two myths: that bad health is caused by bad habits, and that government can promote good health by changing our behaviour.

Now the elite wants to colonise our brains

As the election date is announced, it’s becoming clear that the political class views the electorate as an incomprehensible, inscrutable blob.

29 December 2008

‘Nudging’: the very antithesis of choice

‘Libertarian paternalism’ represents a retreat from political debate, and the rise of a base psychological agenda that wants to make us conform on green, health and lifestyle issues.

17 July 2007

A 'fat tax'? Get stuffed

Rob Lyons gives a big fat finger to those who would add taxes to junk food in order to save the masses from themselves.