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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Cancer does not claim as many victims as it once did because of 'nanny state' interference - when in July 2007 smoking in all enclosed public spaces was banned.
However, some oppose these measures because they represent a "nanny state" interference.
NANNY state laws make Britain the worst place in the European Union (EU) to be a wine drinker or a smoker, according to a report.
NANNY state laws make Britain the worst place in the European Union (EU) to be a wine-drinker or a smoker, according to a report.
Only he's not on his own - he's got the nanny state and PS2,000 a month in benefits to help him.
Summary: David Cameron has insisted free parenting classes are not a "nanny state" policy, as he unveiled initiatives aimed at helping families.
Eric finds himself a figurehead for all those who are fed up of the nanny state antics which increasingly govern every aspect of our lives.
Contentious values getting a tot of airtime currently are the notions of the "nanny state" and the "thought police" The underlying value the metaphor "nanny state" expresses is the idea that the state should stay out of people's lives; it is better for everyone to take responsibility for their own Eves and make their own choices.
The comments come two days after Bachmann accused the first lady of trying to implement a "nanny state."
Now, I generally approve of the nanny state. 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.
Professor Terence Stephenson argued it should be illegal to inflict smoke on youngsters in cars and rejected claims that it amounted to introducing the nanny state.
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 !