Lifestyle Economics

The Ever-Growing Arms of the Nanny State


In the Media

Christopher Snowdon quoted in Guido Fawkes

Christopher Snowdon

The IEA’s Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon has written in The Spectator, discussing the 2023 edition of the Nanny State Index which he oversees.

Christopher wrote:

“When it’s a choice between addressing the cost of living and appeasing the ‘public health’ lobby, there is only ever one winner.

“The latest edition of the Nanny State Index, published today, finds the UK moving up one place in the league table of shame, from 12th to 11th…We have some of the highest alcohol taxes and our only saving grace is that we are relatively tolerant towards vapers.

“Liberalisation is as rare as hen’s teeth. Everything is moving in the direction of more state control of people’s private lives.

“There is no correlation between nanny state measures and life expectancy…All the nanny state does is keep us poorer and more miserable than we would be if we were left to our own devices.”

Read the full article here.