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    'small government' and 'nanny state'

    Does he seriously believe that anyone over the age of 50 is a dribbling geriatric who needs advice on 'falls prevention' and a pair of subsidised slippers with Velcro fastenings?

    Aren't Conservatives supposed to believe in self-reliance and small government, not in a patronising, suffocating nanny state?

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    What do 'small government' and 'nanny state' refer to?

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    Re: 'small government' and 'nanny state'

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
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    What do 'small government' and 'nanny state' refer to?

    Thank you very much.
    "small government" - government which does not constantly and continually pass new laws but allows the existing legislature to function without interference.

    "nanny state" - the state constant and continually tells the population how they are to live, what they can do, and forbids them from doing anything of which the state does not approve. The effect is eventually to prevent people from thinking or acting for themselves.

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    Re: 'small government' and 'nanny state'

    Anglika, thank you very much for your reply.

    Is small government good or not? From the context, I think it is positive, isn't it? Is there a phrase for big government?


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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Anglika, thank you very much for your reply.

    Is small government good or not? From the context, I think it is positive, isn't it? Is there a phrase for big government?
    That depends on whether you are used to or like being told what to do or not. The less interference the better is what many here will feel. Totalitarian regimes may have a population who are not happy with having to take their own decisions.

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    Re: 'small government' and 'nanny state'

    Thank you very much for your reply again.

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    Re: 'small government' and 'nanny state'

    Incidentally, the 'nanny' in 'nanny state' is someone of a kind that possibly doesn't exist in China (and is employed by only a few wealthy/privileged people in the West). She is a servant who lives in the family home and looks after the children: Nanny - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . In some families, children had more contact with their nanny than with their mother. The phrase 'nanny state' is based on the idea that 'Nanny knows best'.

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    #7

    Re: 'small government' and 'nanny state'

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
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    What do 'small government' and 'nanny state' refer to?

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    Big government - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanny_state
    Here's a page comparing small and big government:
    Big Government vs. Small Government ~ Which is Best? The World According to Opa

    I see "small government" as concerning itself only with things that individuals cannot do themselves, eg. national defence, declaring wars, international treaties, civil order. Services such as health care are not provided by government (they're not nationalized - health care is provided through a private contract between you and your doctor), and there is no welfare (social security).

    "Big governments" are more likely to be "nanny states". They like to control everything a person does. Because of this, taxes are often higher (since they provide health care, social security, etc).

    Big government generally also censors websites. By the way, does China block Wikipedia? I often give links to it, and I'm never sure whether posters can actually access it.
    Last edited by Raymott; 06-Dec-2009 at 20:55.

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    BobK:

    Thank you for your reply.
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    #9

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    Raymott:

    Thank you for your reply.

    China blocked Wikipedia, but Wikipedia has been unblocked since 2008 Olympic Games.

    For your info, China blocks Twitters, Youtube, Facebook, etc. currently.

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