Chris Snowdon, is the author of The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact Checking the Left's New Theory of Everything which was co-published with the Democracy Institute and Little Dice, and Velvet Fist, Iron Glove: A History of Anti-Smoking which was published by Little Dice. Snowdon is described on the website of his book on smoking regulation as 'an independent researcher and author and has no affiliation or financial ties with the tobacco industry or any anti-smoking group'. He had been a research fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs since January 2012 and is adjunct scholar at the Democracy Institute, a think tank with close links to the tobacco industry.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Press Coverage and Reviews
- 3 Self Publishing
- 4 Tobacco Industry Connections
- 5 Sugar Industry connections
- 6 Publications
- 7 Affiliations
- 8 Resources
- 9 Notes
According to the biography on his blog site:
- Christopher Snowdon was born in North Yorkshire in 1976 and lives with his wife, daughter and cat in Sussex. He studied history at Lancaster University and is now a freelance journalist and author. He writes for the online magazine Spiked and on his own blog. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian and he has appeared on numerous radio programmes, including the BBC's The Moral Maze.
Snowdon graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in history in 1998.
Press Coverage and Reviews
Praise from Ed West
Telegraph journalist Ed West praises Snowdon's work as forming part of a modern political movement of 'Skeptics', he says:
- One of the most popular political movements of the past few years has been the “Skeptics”, a group of bloggers who look at political issues from an evidence-based viewpoint. The movement is entirely atheist and almost entirely Left-wing, and yet apart from the libertarian Christopher Snowdon (who has done some excellent work blogging a big tunnel underneath The Spirit Level), there are very few conservative skeptics around.
West singled out Snowdon's book attacking The Spirit Level for particular praise, arguing:
- Next time someone starts spouting off about “equality” – a goal that has dug more graves than all the gods in history combined – send them a copy of Snowdon’s excellent book and make sure they read it from cover to cover.
West promoted Snowdon's blog in 2011 arguing that:
- After all, as Christopher Snowdon points out (after reading his blog about the lies, mania and all around irrationality of the taxpayer-funded health campaigning industry, the term “health fascist” starts to look like an insult to Mussolini), Britain has the third-highest alcohol taxes in Europe.
In 2012, West blogged for the Telegraph promoting Snowdon's report on charity funding.
Citing Ed West
All of Chris Snowdon's books have been published by Little Dice (The Spirit Level Delusion was published by Little Dice in conjunction with the Democracy Institute). According to its website Little Dice is a publisher which utilises a system of 'print-on-demand' (POD) publishing and concentrate on publishing 'economic, social and historical books'.
To date, the publisher has only printed three books which were all written by Snowdon. The books are The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact Checking the Left's New Theory of Everything which was co-published with the Democracy Institute, Velvet Fist, Iron Glove: A History of Anti-Smoking and The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition. The Little Dice website was designed by Devil's Kitchen and its domain is registered to Chris Mounsey.
Little Dice is not registered with Companies House however in 2011 Little Dice published its (and Snowdon's) third book. The book lists the postal address for Little Dice as:
- Little Dice
- Trinity Farm, Middleton Quernhow
- Ripon, North Yorkshire
- HG4 5HX
- United Kingdom
According to companies house this is the address for Snowdon Video, a wedding video firm. The Snowdon Video website has a picture of Chris Snowdon on its home page posing for a wedding picture. The director of Snowdon video is Peter Snowdon who is also a reader at the church where Chris Snowdon got married, the church has been described as Chris Snowdon's 'family church'.
Tobacco Industry Connections
2008 FORCES International Round Table
On the 16-July-2008 Snowdon did an interview for the 'FORCES international round table'. FORCES describe how he is 'fascinated by the antismoking movement and the growth of the antismoking hysteria as a social phenomenon'.
2009 The International Coalition Against Prohibition Conference
The International Coalition Against Prohibition held their first world conference in Brussels on the 27-28th January 2009. Christopher Snowdon was in attendence alongside others with close links to the tobacco industry including John Luik and representatives from FORCES.
Chris Snowdon raised questions at the conference over the funding of charities such as ASH, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and the WHO who he accused of being funded by pharmaceutical lobbyists.
2010 The International Coalition Against Prohibition Conference
Global Tobacco Networking Forum June 2012
In 2012 Snowdon attended the Global Tobacco Networking Forum in Antwerp, he presented a two part talk on 'The history of the tobacco control movement'. The conference sessions were introduced by Patrick Basham.
Representatives from British American Tobacco, Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Universal Corporation, Tobacco Manufacturers' Association in the UK, JCIC International were also in attendance.
Sugar Industry connections
Conservative Party Conference September 2016
According to the Morning Star he spoke at a 'rally against the so-called sugar tax' organised by the Policy Exchange think-tank (sponsored by the British Soft Drinks Association) during the Conference.
- 'Policy Exchange had a great big tent inside the secure zone of Tory conference, prominently erected at the entrance to the main hall. About 150 delegates squished into the marquee to listen to the meeting on “[W]ill taxing soft drinks create more economic harm than benefit?” [...] The speakers were Gavin Partington, head of the British Soft Drinks Association (against the tax), a doctor (against the tax) a 'commentator' (against the tax) and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (against the tax).'
The doctor was actually Rachel Joyce, a Tory party activist and former adviser to Andrew Lansley. She told Morning Star reporters that the sugar tax was a 'token gesture' and that 'personal responsibility,' not the tax, was the real answer. The 'commentator' turned out to be Snowdon, from the free market Institute of Economic Affairs, author of a much-criticised 2014 report arguing that 'anti-market policies aimed at the whole population such as fat taxes will do nothing for the nation’s health'. As for Jacob Rees-Mogg, he argued that: 'Seventy-five per cent of us are not obese and why should we be taxed for something that isn’t doing us any harm,' adding that the tax meant 'taking away a periodic treat' from the 'poorest in society' and asking, 'If people are living on marginal incomes, do you really want to hit them harder?. 
Opinion and Press Articles
- Christopher Snowdon, 'A grotesque illustration of modern politics', Spiked, 8 April 2014.
- Christopher Snowdon, 'Giving MPs carte blanche to wage war on smokers', Spiked, 11 February 2014.
- Christopher Snowdon, The disease of ‘public health’, Spiked, 28 October 2013.
- Christopher Snowdon, 'Taking the pleasure out of e-cigarettes', Spiked, 27 June 2013.
- Christopher Snowdon, 'How Eurocrats created their own fan club', Spiked, 28 March 2013.
- Chris Snowdon, 'Great news! Governments agree to abolish death!', Spiked, 6 June 2012.
- Chris Snowdon, 'Old moralism in new packaging', Spiked, 24 April 2012.
- Chris Snowdon, 'Australia: the world leader in illiberalism', Spiked, 25 May 2011.
- Peter Saunders & Christopher Snowdon, Reply: Response: We're not wreckers. We just think The Spirit Level is bad social science: There is no rightwing conspiracy - this research on inequality is undeniably flawed, say Peter Saunders and Christopher Snowdon, The Guardian, 26-August-2010.
- Peter Saunders & Chris Snowdon, Letter: Claim and counter-claim continue over The Spirit Level, The Guardian, 28-July-2010
- Christopher Snowdon, A 'theory of everything' that explains nothing, Spiked, 28 May 2010.
- Chris Snowdon, 'The nanny state turns nasty', Spiked, 11 December 2009.
- Chris Snowdon, 'Our humourless, illiberal, curmudgeonly rulers', Spiked, 27 November 2009.
Christopher Snowdon, (2012), The Wages of Sin Taxes, Adam Smith Institute
- Chris Snowdon, (2011), The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition, Little Dice
- Chris Snowdon, (2010), The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact Checking the Left's New Theory of Eveything, Little Dice/The Democracy Institute
- Chris Snowdon (2009), Velvet Fist, Iron Glove: A History of Anti-Smoking, Little Dice: Online
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- 2nd TICAP Conference: Morning Q&A session (Part 2), Conference Video, Youtube, 28-March-2010, Accessed 17-August-2012
- Little Dice, Home Page, LittleDice.co.uk, Accessed 16-December-2010
- People, Christopher Snowdon - Research Fellow, Institute of Economic Affairs, Accessed 20-August-2012
- Velvet Glove, Iron Fist, About the Author, Velvetgloveironfist.com, Accessed 16-December-2010
- About the Author, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist, The website of Christopher Snowdon, Accessed 14-November-2012
- Alumni Magazine Autumn/Winter 2009, Wedding News, Lancaster University, Accessed 20-August-2012
- Ed West, The Eurosceptics were right, but so are the welfare-sceptics, multiculturalism-sceptics and sex education-sceptics, The Telegraph, 22-November-2010, Accessed 16-December-2010
- Ed West, Does recycling cause suicide? Or why The Spirit Level is wrong and more equal societies are not happier, The Telegraph, 9-July-2010, Accessed 16-Decemder-2010
- Ed West, Britain will never have a Mediterranean drinking culture, The Telegraph, 14-December-2011, Accessed 22-August-2012
- Ed West, Charity sock puppetry: how government lobbies itself for more government, and we pay, The Telegraph, 11-June-2012, Accessed 22-August-2012
- Chris Snowdon, Faith Based Science, Velvetgloveironfist, 14-June-2010
- Chris Snowdon, The Bully State Marches On, Velvetgloveironfist, 1-March-2010
- Little Dice, Home Page, LittleDice.co.uk, Accessed 16-December-2010
- Home, Welcome to Little Dice, Little Dice, Accessed 17-August-2012
- Littledice.co.uk, LittleDice.co.uk Whois Record, Domain Tools, Accessed 18-August-2012
- Snowdon Video Production Limited, Company Details, Companies House, Accessed 18-August-2012
- Chris.jpg, Home Page, Snowdon Video, Accessed 19-August-2012
- Peter Snowdon, Snowdon Video Production Limited, Directors in the UK, 22-August-2012
- Parish Profile, Parish Profile, United Parish of Kirklington, Burneston, Wath and Pickhill, Accessed 22-August-2012
- Emma and Chris - The Proposal, Traditional English wedding at a country house hotel, You&YourWedding, Accessed 22-August-2012
- Interview with Chris Snowdon, FORCES International Round Table, FORCES, Accessed 20-August-2012
- Conference report, Conference Report, TICAP, Accessed 17-August-2012
- Pat Nurse, Applaud smokers' fightback against state prohibition, Sunday Express, 1-February-2009
- Conference Report, ARE GUESTS WELCOME? PROHIBITION AND THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, TICAP, Accessed 17-August-2012
- The Agenda, The history of the tobacco control movement parts 1 & 2, Global Tobaco Networking Forum, Accessed 20-August-2012
- The Agenda, Patrick Basham, director, The Democracy Institute, sets the morning agenda and introduces first speaker, Global Tobaco Networking Forum, Accessed 20-August-2012
- The Agenda, Agenda, Global Tobaco Networking Forum, Accessed 20-August-2012
- Solomon Hughes, Obesity Warning: Fat Cats’ Pimps At Work, Morning Star, 14 October 2016. Accessed 17 October 2016.