ROB LYONS


Ribena: the latest casualty in the war on sugar


Thursday 30 July 2015



Oh Tesco, what have you done? This week, the supermarket giant announced that some sugary drinks will be removed from its shelves. One is Capri-Sun. Not a murmur from anyone about its demise. But another is Ribena, a drink – or, at least, a name – that has a long history and still inspires much affection among Brits.

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Brighton Council: what have you been smoking?


Monday 20 July 2015



On Tuesday, the Health and Wellbeing Board of Brighton and Hove Council will consider starting a consultation on whether to ban smoking in the city’s outdoor spaces like parks and beaches. Such a proposal should be welcomed - because it starkly reveals the ludicrous basis of bans on smoking more generally.

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About me

I'm a writer and author on a wide range of issues. I'm the former deputy editor of the online magazine spiked and I currently work at the Institute of Ideas. I'm the author of Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder (Imprint Academic, 2011).