nanny state

The BBC’s Andrew Neil may be one of the most formidable political interviewers in the business, but he has had taste of his
As an ex-drinker, I still look at a bottle of Old Speckled Hen with feelings of nostalgia, as it links to a time when I was in a pub with friends after a hard day's work. Plain packaging will remove this link and (in my opinion) will undoubtedly lead to a drop in smoking rates.
Plain packaging fails to reduce the volume of smoking, alongside exacerbating illicit tobacco trade and counterfeits. A KPMG study published in October 2013, entitled Illicit Tobacco, concluded that plain packaging was ineffective in terms of reducing tobacco consumption in Australia.
No surprise that Creagh has backed the - heavily unionised - taxi drivers who loath the app. Creagh's argument is that apps like Uber must fit into the UK's regulatory framework. It's the left's favourite theme when it comes to the sharing economy: regulation first, reality last...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?