I was most pleased to see a detailed response from two prominent members of the preventive health industry to my piece on Monday about how deep the regulate-and-tax instinct runs in those who are paid to tell us what is good for us. A few minor things ...

Which schools are "removing alcohol from school-based events because they acknowledge that the normalisation of alcohol influences the drinking behaviours of young people"? Perhaps readers can tell us their experience on this. More to the point, do Thorn and Jones seriously think schools should be made to do so? Should the majority of parents be dictated to by a minority of obsessives with an urge to impose their views on others, using the convenient figleaf that it’s "for the kids"?