Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked

In an article for Spiked, Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon, reacted to an EU Commission report which plans to implement a raft of nanny state policies to battle cancer within the bloc. Amongst a long list of new regulations, the EU Commission proposes a ban on vaping outdoors, a policy which Snowdon said  has ... Continue reading
Responding to calls for minimum pricing for alcohol to increase in Scotland, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "Scotland’s temperance lobby has a tin ear if it thinks that making alcohol more expensive is a suitable response to the economy shrinking by 10% and ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for CapX

The recent furore over free school meal packages raises a number of questions, not least over the dangers of hastily-approved public procurement. But as IEA Director of Communications Annabel Denham argues for CapX, it also shows the government's increasingly paternalistic ways. Read the full article here.... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Some countries allow you to buy a beer at any time day or night. Others have total prohibition. The enormous differences in the way governments around the world treat alcohol make it an unlikely candidate for global regulation, but the World Health Organization wants to have a go anyway. Late last year, the WHO launched ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Telegraph

Responding to data from the Office of National Statistics examining how people spent their time after the lockdown, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon told The Telegraph that we cannot be altogether surprised more TV was watched and more gardens tended to. He emphasised that the lockdown had been very different for those able ... Continue reading
– On 27th November the government published a brief policy paper justifying its focus on the hospitality sector in the new post-lockdown tier system; – It pointed to four types of "tenuous" evidence, which have little relevance to pubs in Britain today; – Since July, the hospitality sector has introduced a number of new measures ... Continue reading
Responding to the Prime Minister's Covid Winter Plan, including the return of a "three-tier system" when lockdown ends on 2 December, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the free-market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "The government has decided to lay waste to thousands of pubs by requiring a ’substantial meal' to be served with drink. ... Continue reading
Responding to the government's consultation on banning advertising for products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS), IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: “The government is proposing a total ban on all internet advertising for a huge range of perfectly normal food and drink products. It will cover everything from jam and yoghurt ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon quoted in City AM

Nicola Sturgeon has banned the sale of alcohol indoors in Scotland’s hospitality venues for 16 days in a bid to curb a second spike in Covid. Quoted in City AM responding to the restrictions, Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, said: “The pub industry is once again being made the scapegoat despite only five ... Continue reading