Nanny state

The Telegraph today has an article Family life faces State 'invasion' giving news of the proposed national database to track all 12 million children in England and Wales. The database, intended to help prevent child abuse, will check such things as whether they are eating five portions of fruit and vegetables and whether their parents are providing a "positive role model".

corruptissima re publica plurimae leges
Tacitus, Annales 3.27

(ICEL translation: "When the state really stinks you get more laws")

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