16 July 2014
Christopher Snowdon, Director of lifestyle economics at the UK Based Institute of Economic Affairs, on the David Packman show discusses taxing people’s lifestyle, as well as the economic sense and morality of such issues. Well worth watching!
24 June 2014
Back in April, minutes of a November 2013 World Heath Organisation meeting were leaked to the press, showing the WHO’s hand. They’re dealing with preference over evidence as they actively pursue the classification of e-cigarettes – which differ from normal cigarettes by not being cigarettes – as cigarettes. The minutes, which you could not … Read more →
20 June 2014
The Australian has been tough on plain packaging since the white (olive green? ugly olive? sorry, drab brown) elephant stomped onto the scene, but this week The Oz has gone into overdrive since revealing the policy has reversed a decades-long decline in (legal) tobacco consumption, driving it up by an extra 59 million cigarettes … Read more →
21 May 2014
Reading Theodore Dalrymple’s, The Wilder Shores of Marx: Journeys in a Vanishing World, detailing visits to communist countries just prior to their collapse, the following passage, from his visit to Albania, struck me as particularly telling: However it is the printing and design of packaging that is most thoroughly characteristic – pathognomonic, as doctors put t … Read more →