No more Nanny State - its being rebranded; Hello "Stewardship"
A report by the well-respected Nuffield Council of Bioethics concludes that the Government and industry are not doing enough to prevent binge drinking or obesity and should promote healthy lifestyles through stricter measures and deterrents.
Lord Krebs, who chaired the report committee, said yesterday: “People often reject the idea of a nanny state but the Government has a duty to look after the health of everyone and sometimes that means guiding or restricting our choices.”
The central concept of stewardship differed from the nanny state by being “more sensitive to the balances between public good and individual freedom,” he said. The report concludes: “The stewardship model provides justification for the UK Government to introduce measures that are more coercive...
So that is the new Krebs cycle, take an unpopular idea, shine it up with a new report based on an unsupported premise give it a new name and make it exactly the same as the old idea, but more so.
I can see we are going to get very tired of the word "stewardship" from now on as it joins "stakeholders" and "sustainability" in the lexicon of our rulers.