Nanny State

Why Smokers Must Be Shamed

Jemma Wayne | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jemma Wayne

People may be happy to be seen as a fun kind of tipsy at a party, but nobody wants to be a drunk-driver.... Playing with our own safety is something that must remain personal choice, but the second it endangers somebody else, anybody else, this is the time for the state, and society, to step in. Smoking anywhere in public must become as unacceptable as drink driving.

Should It Really Be Illegal to Smoke in a Car When You Have a Child in the Car? How Will It Be Enforced and What is Next?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

Any sensible adult knows that one should not smoke around children and especially when one is in an enclosed space such as a car or even in the same room; however do we really need legal legislation for this? There are a number of issues that we need clarification on, but we also must ask how the police are going to enforce this law?

They May Take Our Lives, But They'll Never Take Our Espresso Beans

Philip White | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Philip White

While perusing the website of The Atlantic (to which I subscribe) I noticed that one of the top ten posts was on potential government regulation...not of firearms, which is the most contentious topic in American politics, but of caffeine.

How Can We Be Free When We're Being Forced to Live How Somebody Else Wants Us to?

Michael Morrison | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Morrison

People should be able to live how they want, not how some illiberal nanny state that thinks it knows best and forces laws onto its unwilling subjects wants them to.

Advertisers Now Banned From Telling the Truth

Shaun Varga | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK
Shaun Varga

The idea that consenting adults should be allowed to make their own decisions is under threat. Can I suggest that we all think twice before second guessing the nanny state, or worse, letting it dictate every little aspect of our lives 'in our own interests'? Is that the truth that's really too dangerous to let out?

The Week That Was: A Childish Endeavour

Carla Buzasi | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Who'd be a mother these days? Forget the exhaustion of broken sleep, it's all the arguments and wrangling over what's right and wrong that looks most painful. In a week when expectant mothers were told they should actually be dieting rather than eating for two and when celebrity mothers were told they "owed" it to their fans to lose their baby weight, David Cameron saw fit to announce the launch of a new government-backed website offering free parenting advice.

The 'Foundation Years': For a New Generation of Mini-Camerons?

Jennie Bristow | Posted 18.09.2011 | UK Politics
Jennie Bristow

I think it's time to get properly offended by the professionalisation of the toddler years. It should not be the government's role to replace our Mini-Mes with a bunch of Mini-Camerons, schooled in the art of jumping through official hoops before they can even use knives and forks.