Daily Mail journalist Simon Heffer considers the idea of ‘state-nannying’ outrageous, as it not only ‘endangers our liberties, [but] undermines our self-respect.’
Governments are becoming increasingly more intrusive into our personal behaviour, particularly when it comes to our health. This intrusion has manifested itself in many ways, seen particularly in the attempts to set national standards for eating, drinking, smoking, driving, exercising and even going on school trips.
These paternalistic measures and initiatives are not what governments should be elected for, Heffer argues. Their job is to keep the country running, ‘preferably as cheaply and as efficiently as possible,’ rather than impose its views on how people should be living their live.
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