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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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One of the earliest uses of the term "nanny state" was in 1980 when the Conservative peer Lord Balfour argued against compulsory use of car seatbelts, as this was "yet another state narrowing of individual freedom and individual responsibility".
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.
David Cameron has insisted free parenting classes are not a "nanny state" policy, as he unveiled a raft of initiatives aimed at helping families.
Those who would argue for state level government intervention, eg regulation to ban alcohol advertising at subway and streetcar stations, might be criticised as advocates of the "nanny state" approach.
You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition." (ANI)
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.
Why should we treat our children's health as a lower priority than our employees?" Prof Stephenson, writing for the BBC website's Scrubbing Up column, said: "If you act to make people safer, you get accused of introducing the nanny state. If you let people make their own decisions, you get accused of neglect.
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?
In "The Conservative Nanny State: How The Wealthy Use The Government To Stay Rich And Get Richer", Dan Baker (a macroeconomist and Co-Director for Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C.) has written a revealing expose on how conservatives favor government intervention to regulate the market to their own advantage.
Well it would be a sad day if the nanny state got hold of this tradition.
What's expanded, of course, is not the "nanny state" that Gingrich once mocked.
That classic "nanny state" impulse collides, however, with ingrained cafeteria practices, powerful agribusiness interests, and, perhaps especially, children's tastes.
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.
THERE'S nothing wrong with sensible travel advice but this does sound a bit like nanny state scaremongering to me.
SOME people think that the Government advising people what to eat in their own homes and how to eat it is more unwelcome evidence of the nanny state.