One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The government regarded as overprotective or as interfering unduly with personal choice.
- ‘I'm tempted to say what we've got is a ninny state, not a nanny state.’
- ‘The Prime Minister says he doesn't want to oversee a nanny state.’
- ‘This is no reason to simply shriek "nanny state!"’
- ‘The government seems to think the answer is to make us all the charges of the nanny state.’
- ‘I do not believe in a nanny state where your every move is regulated under the pretext of "protecting" you.’
- ‘I too am not in favour of the nanny state.’
- ‘However, critics of the scheme say the moves smack of the nanny state.’
- ‘In short we need precisely what Mrs Thatcher derided - the nanny state.’
- ‘I am now awaiting the cries of "nanny state!"’
- ‘The U.S. should never become a "nanny state."’
- ‘The 28-year-old sales assistant said she thought that introducing a law would be like creating a nanny state.’
- ‘The free country has become the " nanny state ".’
- ‘That would be the over-zealous interference of the nanny state.’
- ‘This isn't about the nanny state or big brother.’
- ‘You've been dumbed down by the nanny state.’
- ‘At the same time, the right wing critique of the nanny state rings true with much of the public.’
- ‘We are actually proud to be a nanny state, despite the freedom we extol.’
- ‘There's no denying it, we live in a nanny state.’
- ‘We live in a nanny state, it's about time we learnt to help ourselves.’
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