Defending the nation's pizza eaters ahead of #NationalPizzaDay...and setting out a popular free-market agenda for the Tories.— Liz Truss (@trussliz) February 8, 2019
Politicians and quangos should stop telling people how much pizza and alcohol they can have, minister says' | via @telegraph https://t.co/awCxGJxgqH
Don't get me wrong I think she's fairly sound on being a classic liberal and letting us get on with life, or at least that's the impression I get when I listen to interviews, but as I pointed out on in the comments, again, this is her government's policies. They are funding quangos like Public Health England so its a bit rich of her to complain.
The problem I have with the term nanny when referring to interference from the State is that nannies are usually seen as forces for good, usually a woman looking after small children. Yes, there is a definition that implies treating adults as children, but that can, and is, laughed off:
Mary Poppy was a nanny, and who couldn't fail to like Mary Poppins?
More seriously, the time has come to call it what it is: patronising
Anyone who follow Chris Snowden on his Velvet Glove, Iron Fist blog is aware that the likes of PHE and the rest of the anti everything we like lobbies have given up all pretence of even treating us like adults. As Liz Truss has shown even our elected politicians can't control them, and she's Chief Secretary to the Treasury and is supposed to have control of the purse strings.
So lets call them out for what they really are: the patronising State.