nanny state


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nanny state

A government or government policy that excessively controls, monitors, or interferes with people's private actions or behaviors that are deemed unhealthy or unsafe. Can be hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. The proposal to place steep taxes on foods and drinks high in added sugar is yet another instance of the nanny state trying to undermine personal choice and responsibility. How long before nanny-state policies like this one slide down the slippery slope into all-out control over our freedom of speech or religion?
See also: nanny, state

the ˈnanny state

(British English) a disapproving way of talking about the fact that government seems to get too involved in people’s lives and to protect them too much, in a way that limits their freedom: We’re living in a nanny state; the government watches over you for everything and nobody takes responsibility for their own actions anymore.
In this phrase, the state or government is being compared to a nanny, a woman whose job is to take care of young children, telling them what to do, how to behave, etc.
See also: nanny, state
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The big picture is that there is no correlation between nanny state regulation and higher life expectancy," it states.
And I find that the sort of person who hates the nanny state is usually the sort of person who actually had a nanny, the sort of person who preaches self-reliance while sitting on a massive pile of inherited money.
Not surprisingly, nanny states actually share many traits with totalitarian nations, with bureaucrats more than willing to become autocrats.
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Speaking about those who argue it is an example of the nanny state, Prof Drakeford said: "I understand that is a legitimate point of view.
Far from being the nanny state in overdrive, this is the kind of early intervention that changes people's lives.
Nothing is more reliable than nanny nor more objectionable than the nanny state.
Let's stop this nanny state nonsense and get back to some common sense.
WE continue to hear the cry going up that we live in a nanny state.
The last 13 years of a nanny state and diktat from Westminster has led honest, hardworking people who pay their taxes and live by social norms to feel frustrated at criminals who appear to have made a lifestyle choice and then behave as they like with no consequences.
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.
I SEE that the nanny state is alive and kicking in Coventry.
Commentators, fans and most crucially players are totally confused and if this continues I wouldn't put it past the Blatter FIFA nanny state to ban tackling altogether.