10 reasons why sugar taxes suck

Illiberal, regressive, unnecessary, ineffective, cynical … need we go on?

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Don’t rush to join Jamie’s sugar crusade

Jamie Oliver’s latest campaign is just as simple-minded as his previous ones.

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In defence of cheap milk

Dairy farming is a hardnosed business, not a rural idyll.

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The truth about sugar

My recent paper with Christopher Snowdon for the Institute of Economic Affairs argues that we don’t need sin taxes, bans or any of the other things promoted by anti-sugar campaigners.

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Food banks in perspective

The Trussell Trust supplies a tiny fraction of the nation’s food needs.

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No, milk is not cheaper than water

Another zombie statistic doing the rounds.

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Killjoys, calories and labelmania

Labels aren’t just neutral information - they’re there to warn us off from the things we enjoy.

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The war on fat – a big, fat waste of time

Nina Teicholz talks about her new book, The Big Fat Surprise, which demolishes the official view that dietary fat is bad for us.

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Debating poverty and malnutrition

I took part in a radio debate with food blogger Jennifer Parker, who later blogged about the debate. This is my response to her blog post.

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Banning packed lunches: a slap in the face for parents

The government, school-meals campaigners and schools are using free school meals to take away parental autonomy.

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