Dawn Primarolo, the public health minister, said: "Protecting children from smoking is a government priority and taking away temptation is one way to do this.
"If banning brightly coloured packets, removing cigarettes from display, and removing the cheap option of a pack of 10 helps save lives, then that is what we should do."
Eh? Since when was saving lives the only determinant of policy? Aren’t we supposed to also weigh in the balance those little things called freedom and liberty? It’s not so much these specific proposals as the ghastly arrogance with which they are justified.