When is ‘Nanny State’ not a ‘Nanny State’?
… when National does it.
From one day ago,
Acknowledgement: Dominion Post – Young people banned from sunbeds
But when the previous Labour government attempted to improve the health of our children, National condemned it as,
Acknowledgement: Dominion Post – ‘Nanny state’ fears on health bill
When the previous Labour government tried to conserve energy use, National condemned it as,
Acknowledgement: Scoop – Showers latest target of Labour’s nanny state
Evidently it’s ok for National to pass laws controlling a legal (if somewhat unhealthy and dangerous) activity. The Nats are attempting to ban a group of young people from engaging in activity that older New Zealanders are still allowed to do.
But not for the previous Labour government when they wanted to replace unhealthy food with healthy food in school cafetarias/tuck shops.
In fact, when National took office in November 2008, they reversed the healthy foods policy in schools,
Acknowledgement: Fairfax Media – Schools’ healthy food rule scrapped
According to Ms Tolley – National’s Education Minister at the time – it was “up to parents and students to make decisions about healthy food”.
The Nats couldn’t wait to allow fatty, sugary, salty, artery-clogging, diabetes-inducing, garbage back into schools for our young children to consume. And shorten their life-spans by several decades, no doubt.
That was ok. No “nanny state” here, folks – junk food was given the Big Tory Tick.
But not sun beds.
Apparently, Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew and her National colleague, MP Paul Hutchison, don’t mind putting on a “Nanny” frock and instructing under-18s that cooking themselves with UV radiation has been banned by Big Government.
I wonder if when this Bill comes before the House for it’s three readings, that Labour and Green MPs sitting opposite Ms Goodhew and Mr Hutchison will be quieting chanting…
“Nanny state… nanny state… nanny state… nanny state… nanny state… nanny state… nanny state… nanny state… “
Gowan. Do it.
You know you want to.
= fs =
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