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Review of the week ending 31 August

Monday September 1, 2014

Our latest round-up of unusual or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers – stories in no particular order…

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Cameron's government makes unhealthy choices

Monday September 1, 2014

Chris Oakley considers Duncan Selbie’s contribution to the growing body of evidence that public health evangelism corrupts even the well intentioned


Prejudice against smoking makes vaping a target

Using e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces should be banned, demands a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) – Andrew Allison disagrees.


Nothing has changed – so everything must change

The warning and packaging issue is not going away, but promises to get worse, writes Bill Jamieson


Review of the week ending 25 August

Our later bank-holiday weekend round-up of unusual or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers – stories in no particular order…


Bullies' bulletin #31

Further examples of our crazy, crazy world as we report on yet more absurd bullying and some good news from Burger King…


World War I, freedom and interventionism

John Burton asks if we are still reaping from the belief in interventionism that was sown in August 1914.


How much is your life worth?

The government values your life at £60k a year. Or is it £30k or some other random evidence free number? Chris Oakley investigates.

Food and Drink

Tracey Crouch should come with a health warning

Health warnings on wine bottles? Andrew Allison rejects the slippery slope to more and more infantile warnings.


Italy, a smoker’s paradise

Why can’t Britain be like Italy where tolerance and common sense towards smokers are still the norm, asks Pat Nurse


Save the planet and we'll save our redheads?

The credulity of the nation is stretched further as the hubbub of climate scaremongering gets ever more persistent, says Simon Hills.


Will governments listen to growing body of evidence on e-cigs?

Will the Welsh government listen to the latest advice on e-cigarettes? Andrew Allison has his doubts.