We seem ridiculously happy to outsource our own personal decisions to other people
during a joy-riding epidemic in Crumlin, but nobody wanted to ban cars.
I discussed this issue, among others, with Christopher Snowdon over dinner earlier this week. The author of the Nanny State Index 2017, it probably should come as no surprise that the Republic of Ireland is ranked in third place, trailing behind Finland and the UK.
Why we are so high on that ignoble list? Because we want to be. We don’t like thinking for ourselves in this country and we seem ridiculously happy to outsource our own personal decisions to other people. Let’s face it, we swapped London for Rome and then Brussels when it comes to leadership, and you only need to look at how so many Irish people will talk of the UN as if it is the final arbiter of all things.
We like to delude ourselves with the myth of the rebellious, fightin’ Irish, but that’s all it is — a myth we peddle to gloss over the fact that we’re a naturally subservient people, willing to allow our supposed betters tell us how we should lead our lives.
The Nanny State Index is a fascinating document, and it also indicates that the more interfering a government is, the more miserable the citizens will be.
After all, Finland is the most depressed country in the world, and the UK is rapidly becoming a basket case.
This ultimately boils down to one point — do you want the Government or its proxies to dictate your terms of existence? Do you want them to decide whether you’re going to have a G’n’T while getting your hair done?
How dull must someone’s life be to spend their day cooking up schemes to stop hairdressers giving a customer a glass of wine and why aren’t we treating such proposals with the derision they deserve?
It’s partly apathy, partly the fact that people are so occupied with just keeping their heads above water that they’re not paying attention.
But while we’re busy taking care of things, quangos, ‘charities’ and politicians will continue to chip away at individual freedoms because, ultimately, they think they’re morally superior. Hence their desire to ‘denormalise’ something, as if they were concerned parents.
We should respond with the one thing they fear the most — ridicule.
Otherwise, Nanny will simply run riot.