The Detached State Tell us something we didn’t know, Express.
Eighty per cent of Britons ‘hate the meddling nanny state’
BRITONS hate the nanny state and think the Government should stop meddling in people’s lifestyle choices, says a survey.
Researchers found significant opposition to stealth “sin taxes” on products such as tobacco, alcohol or sugary drinks.
Instead more than 80 per cent of those questioned, excluding ‘don’t knows’, believe it should be down to individuals to make their own lifestyle choices without official interference from Government.
There’s life in the British public yet.
Sadly, though, there is nothing but entrenched denial in the ranks of the establishment.
Speaking at his party’s Spring Conference, Mr Pickles said: “We have stood up for (protecting) hard-working people from stealth taxes and nanny state interference.
“Come the general election, I’ll be very happy to defend the record of Conservatives in Government against all-comers.”
He means the Conservatives in government who installed the tobacco display ban despite being staunchly against it in opposition? Because, you see, they were very clear what was going to happen if they were elected in 2010.
Shadow Health Minister Mike Penning said the Conservatives would seek to repeal Labour’s move if they win the election.
And they certainly can’t blame their coalition partners on this one … unless to say that the Lib Dems are bigger liars than the Tories.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said it was “the nanny state going too far.”
Both parties simply waved it through.
As for the “record of Conservatives in government”, they boast the Chancellor who increased tobacco duty by 50p per pack in 2011, 37p per pack in 2012, then 26p in 2013 and 28p earlier this year. They have since brought in a ban on smoking in cars (which will be all cars including e-cigs at some point), and laid legislation in front of the EU for pointless plain packaging.
This is just on tobacco. We could list this government’s incessant nagging about alcohol, unapproved foods, sugar, fizzy drinks etc too, but what’s the point? They don’t listen to us.
Instead, their austerity ‘cuts’ have actually increased the wasteful shovelling of our taxes to the people they do listen to. State-funded quangos and fake charities which holler for more and more intrusive laws against our free choices are now better funded than they were in 2010 – in fact, this government proudly created Public Health England and its £500 million per annum budget – and they have even delved into freely chosen aspects of our sex lives.
This is protecting us from nanny state interference, is it? And they wonder why we increasingly despise every man jack of them. Sheesh.