nanny state


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nanny state

(1) A UK term referring to the role that government oversight and regulation play in encouraging the population to lead healthier lives.
(2) A political term of art for protectionism, economic interventionism or regulatory policies that may be viewed as uninvited and damaging state interventions of individual behaviours and habits, such as poor diet and smoking in public.

Statistics, UK nanny-state health concerns
• Overweight—46% of men, 32% of women;
• Obese—17% of men, 21% of women;
• Smoking—26% of men, 24% of women;
• Alcohol-related deaths—19/105 men, 9/105 women.
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So-called sin taxes combined with regulation mean the country comes behind only Finland and Sweden for intervening in lifestyle freedoms in the 2016 Nanny State Index.
THE plan to increase the minimum price of alcohol even further, is a case of the nanny state pushing it nose further, into the average citizen's life.
The nanny state is what cut motoring fatalities by insisting that people wear seatbelts and not have 14 pints of absinthe before going for a spin.
Back then we didn't have health and safety And we weren't ruled by a nanny state We just had lots of fun playing soccer Which to football-mad lads was great
But in the nanny state we live in today, it's nice to know it's still legal to act like a *** from time to time.
If a nanny state can tell you what to eat or how to cook--for your own good, mind you--isn't mandatory physical exercising a logical next step?
But smokers-rights advocates say Waxman's efforts are just one more example of the nanny state they believe America is becoming.
TIME WAS, A self-respecting augur or necromancer could ply her trade in San Francisco without the long arm of the nanny state reaching into her pocket for money and the right paperwork.
Steve has been a vocal critic of runaway spending and taxpayer funded bailouts, and he understands that we must reject the nanny state and return government to its proper, restrained role.
THERE'S nothing wrong with sensible travel advice but this does sound a bit like nanny state scaremongering to me.
No, at the right time we do have to be nanny state - we love, we take care, we nurture," he said.
ON the face of it the Volvo XC60 seems to bring together European car safety legislation and the worst of the nanny state.