I read today that the Goverment is going to spend £285M next year to tell us what to do and/or how much we should love their policies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19489251e
I think this is an abuse of public money. Why should any government spend taxpayers’ money to influence our thinking on party policies?
And then there are the ads for healthy eating, stopping smoking and/or drinking. What business is it of any government to tell its citizens what to eat, drink or smoke? The anti-smoking laws have been ruinous for the pub trade. If you don’t believe me, look at the figures for pub closures from the first winter of the ban onwards. The plain truth is the non-smokers never came out to play. We’ve also lost significant tax revenues from people quitting. For the remaining 20% of smokers the tax take is approximately £11bn per year and costs of treating any diseases are £3.5-5bn pa. Not to mention premature deaths reducing pension and geriatric care bills.
I believe we all have the right to eat what we wish, drink as much as we like and smoke in peace and quiet. Government is about the economy, defence and as few laws as possible. Nanny should be taken out and buried without ceremony.