“Society has stopped improving”

That is the bleak message of Professor Sir Michael Marmot in his major new report on health inequality. Entitled ‘Health Equity in England: the Marmot Review 10 Years On’, it assesses lack of progress in the last decade, since his review in 2010 entitled ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’. He writes: Since 2010 life expectancy has […]

Santa Rennie delivers festive lump of coal to SNP

It wouldn’t be an election without Willie Rennie doing something eye-catching. And today, he took part in a Santa dash in Glasgow. Quick break in campaigning to run the Glasgow charity Santa Dash 🎅 pic.twitter.com/cMU0661CVV — Willie Rennie (@willie_rennie) December 8, 2019   He placed the SNP firmly on the Naughty List for the decline […]

Is there a scientific basis for the sugar levy?

Discussion of the sugar levy has focused on effectiveness and moral/political hazards. I want to focus on one problem that makes those redundant: Does it make scientific sense? Not obviously. A popular narrative: In the past, we thought obese people were that way because they lacked willpower and ate too much food, particularly fat, which […]