Friday, June 22, 2007


Gloom and doom about the growth of nanny-state policies in Great Britain has been an ongoing theme here as regular readers know. Here is one more installment in our continuing series that comes from The Times. Gerard Baker uses the refusal of the British Advertising Standards Authority to allow some egg commercials to run on TV (after all, eggs are bad for you!) as his hook to expound on the vicious circle of expanding state power and increasing individual dependency. I was struck by this quote:

"Leviathan is now so large that, outside London, half the population is dependent – either through public sector jobs or benefits – on taxes. Its power is so large that it has bent us all into submission. It has produced a culture in which no one needs to take responsibility for anything because someone else is always there to back us up."

As they say, RTWT

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