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When is ‘Nanny State’ not a ‘Nanny State’?


… when National does it.

From one day ago,


Young people banned from sunbeds

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,


'Nanny state' fears on health bill

Acknowledgement: Dominion Post – ‘Nanny state’ fears on health bill


When the previous Labour government tried to conserve energy use, National condemned it as,


Showers latest target of Labour’s nanny state

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,


Schools' healthy food rule scrapped

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.




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  1. 6 April 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Good call Frank. I always thought that “Nanny State” was nothing more than a Crosby Textor inspired campaigning technique.

  2. Neil
    7 April 2013 at 1:59 am

    Ummm Sorry Frank but what about all of Paula Bennett’s “nanny” rules – or don’t they count as they’re only for beneficiaries?

  1. 9 April 2013 at 7:02 am
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