Tuesday 6 December 2016

Nanny State status a result of politicians who want to be seen 'doing something'

Published 31/03/2016 | 02:30

There has been a push in Ireland in recent years to get such a tax introduced
There has been a push in Ireland in recent years to get such a tax introduced

News that Ireland comes a very high fourth place in a new survey of 'Nanny State' culture across the EU will not come as a surprise to those who criticise the increasing level of paternalism in our government policy, and the growing official appetite to intrude into more and more aspects of our consumer and social behaviour.

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In tandem with this, we have an increasing dependency on the State in terms of direction, social planning and, of course, social protection - formerly described as 'welfare'. In the media, and especially on daytime radio, there is an endless stream of experts and quango representatives looking for new laws, surveys and regulations, - and, of course, more resources (i.e. public money) to further their busybody activities and 'social improvements'.

The EU Nanny State index, compiled by the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, in partnership with EPICENTRE (the European Policy Information Centre), confirms Ireland's position in the frontline of such regulation.

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