Nanny State

Pointless lawmaking from nanny-state National


You know a government is tried and in its third term when they start having light bulb and shower head moments. Nanny National just had one of theirs.

You are allowed to drive a car and you can have a baby, but apparently you now can’t get a suntan on a bed if you are under 18.  This kind of fiddling around the edges is exactly what you’d expect of a bunch of wet lefties. Apparently, people under 18 aren’t capable of making informed decisions.

Parliament has passed a bill that makes sunbeds R18 and changes the way serious infectious diseases are managed.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there’s strong evidence that people who use sunbeds increase their risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.

“There is also evidence that children and adolescents are more sensitive to ultra violet,” he said after the bill had passed its final stage.

“This legislation seeks to protect this vulnerable group while balancing the rights of informed adults.”

If only that was true.

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Andrew Little the picture of negativity

Josie Pagani and some academic I’ve never heard of explain the problems that Andrew Little is facing with his relentless negativity.

Jennifer Marshment-Lees, a Auckland University expert in political marketing, says that is one of the problems. “[Little] needs to stop criticising everything the National Government do. The voters voted them in, so if you keep criticising a party that is still relatively popular and respected then you’re criticising the voters.”

She pointed to “peripheral” examples such as the flag as well as bigger issues including the TPP, talking down the economy and Labour’s gloomy response to the return to surplus. “Hitting a government on its main strength is a bit stupid.”

She also pointed to Labour railing against the deployment of trainers to Iraq. “Andrew Little started with negativity and he should have acknowledged it’s a difficult decision for a Prime Minister.”    Read more »

Labour to introduce sugar tax by stealth


You’d have thought that Labour had learned from the last time they wanted to go all nanny state on us all.

Last time it was light bulbs and shower-heads….now it is Watties Tomato Sauce.

Labour wants the food industry to reduce how much sugar goes into processed food in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity.

New Zealand has the third-highest adult obesity rate in the OECD and Labour’s health spokeswoman, Annette King, has unveiled details about how her party will tackle the problem if it gets into government.

In her speech to the annual conference in Palmerston North today, Ms King said Labour would work with the food industry to reduce the amount of sugar in processed food.

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Fury? Really?

A newspaper has the headline “Fury at changes to pool laws”.


They then have the sob story about some family who remembers when their kid wandered off and drowned in someone else’s pool…and it is all their fault because the property wasn’t fenced properly…maybe…the story is unclear on that.

No personal responsibility for supervising their own kid…no it’s the pool owner’s fault.

Here’s the thing though, the kid was a twin…so they knew where one of them was…so why not the other.

Anyway the newspaper starts with the cry-baby blame game in order to try to blame the government for making changes to the stupid pool fencing laws.

Now, the Government wants to repeal the Swimming Pool Fencing Act of 1987, a comprehensive act that has saved the lives of at least 21 children since its introduction.

At the first reading of the amendment in Parliament in September, Minister for Small Business Craig Foss said the act had successfully reduced deaths from 10 each year to three but it was “cumbersome for pool owners and councils”.   Read more »

Time to remember the total misery of the Left


Remember when letting pubs open for the Rugby World Cup was going to destroy society, especially in poor rural areas like Opononi? Kerre [McIvor] reports: “The husband and I joined a group of about 60 at the Opononi pub. All ages were there and women outnumbered men. The only suggestion of riotous behaviour was when a group of nanas sitting at a table showed vocal appreciation as Sonny Bill ran on to the field.”

… The most enduring outcome of opening pubs for the RWC will be a gentle reminder to the naysayers in future debates: Kiwis are overwhelmingly responsible people who can handle a drink whilst watching the rugby. We should not have to justify our freedoms – the government should have to justify restricting them.

Yes.  We are overwhelmingly capable of choosing our own life to live, and we don’t need nor want Labour and Greens to be the ones to act as parents and tell us what we can and cannot do, what we can and cannot eat, or where we can and cannot go.  Because that’s what will happen.   They, hand in hand with the Media Party are coming for your sugar, your butter, your bacon and your life.  All because they know better than you do. Read more »

Beware the dangers of the nanny state

David Leyonhjelm is Liberal Democrats senator for NSW and has written an opinion piece about the dangers and stupidity of the nanny state in the Sydney Morning Herald:

The day before my motion to establish an inquiry into the nanny state passed the Senate, the NSW Parliament enacted legislation that means e-cigarettes will be treated in the same way as tobacco products. The new laws not only restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but prevent them being advertised and displayed.

It is already illegal to sell e-liquids containing nicotine in Australia, despite nicotine being safe enough to use in patches and gums – standard quitting aids that, incidentally, are heavily advertised. The new laws will send vaping shops broke, while smokers will lose access to probably the most effective quitting aid of all.

All this reinforced the need for an inquiry.

Public health policy is now way beyond its original remit and has become a form of puritanism. Much of the opposition to e-cigarettes arises from the fact that they are pleasant to use. Like the puritans of yore, public health mandarins are haunted by the thought that someone, somewhere, is having a good time.

During debate around the e-cigarette legislation, it was salutary to note how public health on the left joined hands with prohibition on the right, exemplified by extensive co-operation and much mutual back-scratching between Jeremy Buckingham of the Greens and Fred Nile of the Christian Democrats.

The Senate inquiry I’ll be chairing – to give it its full name, “into measures introduced to restrict personal choice ‘for the individual’s own good’ ” – is not just concerned with e-cigarettes or tobacco.

I want to engage in a serious and thoughtful examination of lockout laws and other restrictions on the service of alcohol, the cost of prosecuting recreational cannabis users, the effect mandatory helmet law has on cycling and the often demented arguments surrounding video game classification.

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Bob Jones declares an end of the nanny state, instead it is the nappy state

Bob Jones in his usual blunt and forthright manner points out eh lunacy of coroners and councils.

Two years ago, while running along a busy Wellington street, a 40-year-old jogger shot into the road and was killed by a bus, this lapse confirmed by witnesses. Bureaucratic insanity then ensued.

But first; why did she, and coincidentally some other central city joggers at the time, do this? The reason was that they were fallible human beings, not robots, and when jogging it’s easy to slip into a rhythmic induced detachment. There’s a word for such phenomena. It’s called an accident. The Oxford dictionary defines accident as “an event without apparent cause or unexpected, an unintentional act, chance and misfortune causing injury”, normal human behaviour.

Unfortunately, normal human behaviour deeply offends the ubiquitous, usually bearded busybodies who are such a blight on modern society. That weird one-off spate of Wellington suicidal joggers spawned a ludicrous proposal from the council’s wets to reduce the CBD speed limit to 30km/h.

As my company owns the most CBD buildings, the council solicited our view as an affected party. I replied explaining Darwinian principles and suggested that instead of their regressive proposal, for the enhancement of the gene pool, lift the CBD speed limit to 80km/h.

One suspects the beards would prefer every vehicle was preceded by someone walking ahead bearing a white flag. Fortunately that 30km/h idiocy was dropped.

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How liberals have ‘morphed from noble liberators to little nannies’

The left-wing used to be about freedom of speech, freedom of expression and liberal ideas.

They have increasingly become totalitarian which is to be expected considering the ideologies they have sprung from.

Constantly wanting to control our speech, our thoughts and ideas and what we eat and drink.

Alex Wickham at Breitbart explains:

“The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy”. So said H.L. Mencken of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Puritanism; the tyrannical do-gooders of the temperance movement, authoritarians pushing their Victorian values on “sinners” across the Atlantic.

Whether it was booze, sex, drugs or whatever form of permissiveness they thought was destroying western civilization from within, the Puritans of the last hundred years have been conservatives. Reactionary, traditional to the point of totalitarian, these were people who did not like change and would make sure you knew it. Post-war, they detested liberals, these new, amoral, sandal-wearing, pot-smoking, freedom-loving hippies. Typified by the social conservatism of Mary Whitehouse, hectoring the public with their controlling views, the Puritans were not on the side of liberty.

Today, Puritanism has changed. It is still not on the side of liberty. It is still hectoring, controlling, freedom-hating and totalitarian. It is still haunted by the fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. The difference is the New Puritans are not conservatives, they are liberals. Ironic and perverse given the pro-freedom, anti-authoritarian aspirations of their purported ideology, the mantle of Puritanism has been assumed by so-called liberals, by so-called progressives.

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Nanny statism infects Miliband’s Labour

Just like Labour in this country the Labour party in the UK under the leadership Ed Miliband, is focussing on important things that matter to voters.

Like high levels of fat, sugar and salt in food, plus price fixing power when the market is delivering lower prices anyway, and plain packs for cigarettes.

Nigel Farage gives them a good hard spanking.

So utterly devoid of real policy solutions, and so helplessly out of touch with what the British public are concerned about, the Labour Party are now turning their hands to banning what they call “high levels of fat, sugar, and salt” in food. Apparently, they launched the policy at an event where they served sugary fruit juice, chocolate brioche, and buttery croissants. You couldn’t make it up.

But beyond Labour’s rank hypocrisy and lack of focus on the key issues of the day, we have to acknowledge that before one vote has been cast in the General Election, Mr Miliband is already planning on a major resurgence of the nanny-state ideals that we saw flourish under Mr Blair and Mr Brown.

“Children will need better protection from the pressures of modern living,” the Labour Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, has said. I agree, we shouldn’t shovel sweets and fizzy drinks into the mouths of kids – but here I was thinking this was a matter for parents, rather than one for government.

Correct me if I’m wrong, and I’m sure I’ll be lectured on this by some interventionist “do-gooder” – but it’s not really for government to decide what is available to adults on supermarket shelves.   Read more »

Andrew Little Promotes the Nanny State

Arts, Travel & Lifestyle blogger David “Pinko” Farrar has interrupted his hectic travel schedule to point out that Andrew Little has decided to continue promoting the Nanny State.

Stuff reports:

Labour leader  labelled the review “flakey”.

Police needed time to investigate the circumstances of each accident, before leaping to any conclusions, he said.

“[For Woodhouse] to go onto a talk-back show and get roasted and decide you are going to do something then it looks, frankly, just a little bit flakey to me,” Little said.

“If there is a debate about whether there should be a more varied range of speed limits – some open roads can accommodate 110km per hour and some can’t – that is a separate debate and we should have that at some point.

“But I am a little bit uncomfortable about this climbing into the police for enforcing the speed limits.”

Little backed police, saying he saw no problem in  “sending a signal when you know that there are peak travel times, saying that you are going to strictly enforce the law.”

So Labour’s policy is that you should be ticketed for driving at 101km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone if it is a holiday period!

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