Why is Britain so 'Nannyish'?
Is it a good thing, that we are careful?
Or is it killing our sense of personal individuality and responsibility?
It annoys me because if you're not left to learn, for example if you're not thought to be able to walk across a road and always have crossing, then you won't be taught how to look out for the cars and learn, then you will grow up not knowing how to cross a road. You may then be in a situation when you don't have a crossing and you have no idea how to do it. This is a bit of an extreme example, but you get where I'm coming from. However, if we're not careful, people will probably be injured more. I think the situation in other countries, such as many European countries is better.
Yeah! That's why I CHOOSE to lower my cholesterol with Kelloggs Optivita!
Examples of 'Nanny culture' please?
Smoking ban isn't my idea of nanny state, because instead of telling people 'you can't do that cos its bad for you', it's telling you 'if you want to damage yourself, go do it somewhere you won't harm or annoy others'. Which is fair enough.
I'm not sure that the smoking ban is the best example of nannyism. Perhaps better might be the banning of red noses as a fire hazard and chopping down chestnut trees because conkers are "dangerous". Though that might be blurring the line a bit between nannyism, pc and the litigation culture.
If anyone else has FTN, take a look at the Crystal Maze reruns and, if you can get past the all-embracing awesomeness of Richard O'Brien (which is, admittedly, doubtful), consider how much of the show would be permitted by the various safety regulations we have today. It strikes me that the answer is: not a lot. I use this an extreme example, because of the nature of its content. Fort Boyard might be another case in point, too, because of its conceptual reliance on midgets, but you get the general idea.