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Christopher Snowdon
14 October 2013
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The poorest twenty per cent of households in Britain spend an average of £1,286 per year on ‘sin taxes’, including betting taxes, vehicle excise duty, air passenger duty, ‘...
Christopher Snowdon
24 August 2013
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  Jamie Whyte’s superb new book Quack Policy, published by the IEA last week, has provoked some controversy on Twitter. The publication cast a sceptical eye over recent examples of...
e-cigarettes, snus, harm reduction
Christopher Snowdon
11 July 2013
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Are free markets incompatible with good health? To hear some of the rhetoric that comes from the medical establishment, you might think so. If the solution to every problem involves banning...
Christopher Snowdon
25 May 2013
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  The negative consequences of putting 'sin taxes' on products when demand is inelastic are well known. Almost invariably, they hurt the poor more than the rich. They encourage black...
Christopher Snowdon
24 April 2013
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More than fifty years have passed since bookmakers and casinos were legalised in Britain, but gambling remains at least partially taboo in some quarters. Few now remember the concerns raised about...
Christopher Snowdon
8 March 2013
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  Last year, the IEA published Sock Puppets, a report that examined the British government’s extensive funding of charities and pressure groups. This week sees the publication of Euro...
Christopher Snowdon
1 March 2013
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An editorial published in the British Medical Journal today calls for ‘a complete ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorship’. The authors cite concerns about underage drinking as...
Christopher Snowdon
30 January 2013
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We are used to single issue campaigners flagging up costs to the health service as a justification for raising taxes and restricting liberties. This week the big figure is £6 billion - the...
Christopher Snowdon
17 January 2013
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  A curious little idea was reported by the BBC and the Telegraph this week, when two academics from Bath University called for the UK’s tobacco industry to be ‘regulated like...
Christopher Snowdon
22 October 2012
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Are the British developing a taste for smuggled booze and moonshine? There was a five-fold increase in the number of seizures of counterfeit alcohol by Trading Standards between 2008/09 and 2010/11...
Christopher Snowdon
3 October 2012
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  The question of whether the government should be funding pressure groups is one that faces politicians across the developed world. The Australian state of Queensland has decided that...
Christopher Snowdon
24 September 2012
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  The pressure group Hope Not Hate is celebrating the news that the British National Party will be denied €100,000 of European Union funding. After lobbying from the organisation, the...
Christopher Snowdon
12 September 2012
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They say that laws are like sausages, it is better not to see how they are made. If so, the 2005 Gambling Act was of the supermarket own-brand, ‘sixteen for a pound’ variety. It began...
Chris Snowdon
28 June 2012
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If he maintains this Stakhanovite work-rate, Dominic Sandbrook will have written the definitive, 8,000-page history of Britain’s post-Churchillian twentieth century by the time he is 44 years...
Chris Snowdon
11 June 2012
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2008 represented something of a milestone for Britain’s charity sector as it was the year in which it received more money from government than from individuals. This was emblematic of the...
Chris Snowdon
17 April 2012
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  Yesterday saw the US Chamber of Commerce, the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States...
Chris Snowdon
2 February 2011
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In the preface to their best-selling book The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett compare what they call their ‘discovery’ that ‘more equal societies almost always do...
Christopher Snowdon
27 September 2010
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He didn’t mention the book by name. He didn’t need to. When Ed Miliband used his first speech as Labour leader to declare that “the gap between rich and poor doesn’t just...
Kristian Niemietz
17 August 2010
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If you haven’t read a book that made you laugh out loud on the bus or the Tube in a while, try Christopher Snowdon’s superb release, The Spirit Level Delusion (SLD). But the book...