An excellent article by Christopher Snowdon in The Spectator today:
Nobody wishes to be seen as being against freedom and yet the ‘public health’ lobby has an endless list of taxes, prohibitions and restrictions which implicitly assume that there is too much of it. The answer, as ever, is to redefine what liberty means.
He continues by looking at recent efforts by so-called health experts to turn true freedom into freedom from fear of such things as speeding drivers, exposure to cigarette smoke and the “fear that our children will be harassed by cigarette and alcohol advertising”:
That this all amounts to an assault on personal liberty should be obvious. The freedom to live your life as others think you should live it is no freedom at all. If it were freedom, it would not require a never-ending stream of new criminal offences to be created.