Flip Side: Nanny State

first_imgDavid Taylor defends the right of the state to act on behalf of its population The term ‘nanny state’ is usually meant to be derogatory and tends to be employed by those who fear too much obstruction of personal freedom by government. Even those accused of creating such a state deliberately distance themselves from ‘nanny statism’, at least rhetorically. Government ministers frequently deny that they have any intention of creating such a state. However, it is rare that the phrase is properly defined or that critics suggest any viable alternative.Here is my definition of the phrase: a nanny state is one in which a government acts on behalf of its citizens in an attempt to prevent the development of serious health crises. It is very difficult to find someone who genuinely disagrees with this principle. Much as we like to believe that we have control of our own bodies and that our personal health is our responsibility, many of the things that most affect our health are completely out of our control. One example is the driving of motorists. When drink driving legislation was first proposed, it was decried as being part of a drive to create a ‘nanny state’. There are also those who have opposed vaccination programmes, motorcycle helmets and the ban on smoking on public transport. However, in each case the majority of citizens have realised the genuine health benefits of such regulation and the dissenters fade to a small hardcore who probably regard the existence of any government at all as an affront to their personal freedom. Another more recent example is that of the public smoking ban, which came into force on the 1st July 2007. There are those who regard this as a breach of civil liberties and as unnecessary. However, they should perhaps consider the freedom of those who have to work in public places that prior to the ban were smoke filled.A government must feel able to take action for its people which it believes will, in the future, be beneficial towards the majority of  the population. Whilst some individuals within society may be unable to see the long-term benefits of new legislation, the government must be given the right to act on their behalf, in the hope that in the long run their actions will be recognised as sensible. Whilst our leaders must remain entirely accountable for any legislation they choose to introduce, they must also have the freedom to do the job we elected them to carry out. After all, if we elect a government only to constantly hold back any attempted improvements, then doesn’t that make it more or less redundant? Freddie Parton rebels aginst government control of our actions and our minds.The government is worse than a nanny. It has become like those teachers at school who in sickeningly sweet voices refuse to let you do things because they are too dangerous or difficult. The amount of ‘risk assessment’ forms that we have to fill in when organising any trip are ridiculous. It’s impossible to assess risks, because they are unpredictable by definition. How long is it going to take people to realise that life is full of dangers that cannot be neatly broken down into bullet points? By always worrying about what could go wrong, people kill all sense of adventure and spontaneity. If we accept that danger is out there, what’s wrong with facing it?The irony is that the government’s avid concern for public safety is actually putting people’s lives in more danger. Look at Jordon Lyon who drowned, trying to save his eight-year-old sister, whilst two community support officers just stood and watched on the grounds that they did not have sufficient training to save him. The government’s obsession with health and safety has destroyed the natural human reaction to help someone in distress, and has replaced it with a calculating spirit of selfishness. How can the emergency services be so concerned about their own personal safety, when danger and risk must be part of the job description? A new fire station in Plymouth has been built without a traditional ‘fireman’s pole’ after fears that the servicemen might hurt their ankles. How can we expect these ‘fire fighters’ to save us from burning buildings when they’re not fit enough to slide down a pole!It’s not just physical dangers that the government are trying to ‘protect’ us from. They are also concerned with the risks of overstretching our minds. You may remember the criticism that Nigella Lawson received from the government this summer that her cookery books were too difficult for people to understand because of their ‘complicated words’ and ‘long sentences’. How can they judge what is too difficult for the general public to understand? As Ron Liddle put it, Nigella’s ‘hardly Marcel Proust, is she?’ Why the government are trying to control our cook books I don’t know, but it is a good example of how their concern for the public’s welfare has gone too far. Things in life are always going to be tough and hard to understand. Surely we should try to face these difficulties rather than pretend they don’t exist.last_img read more

Pretty Lights Live Hits Red Rocks For The Second Of Two Sold-Out Nights [Full Video/Photo]

first_imgPretty Light Live | Red Rocks Amphitheater | Morrison, CO | 8/12/2017 | Photo: 2ber Media Load remaining images On Saturday night, Pretty Lights returned to Red Rocks Amphitheater for his eighth consecutive year at the legendary venue, with Saturday marking the second show of a sold-out, two-night run with his collaborative live band, Pretty Lights Live. Pretty Lights Live is a relatively new set up for Derek Vincent Smith, which sees the prolific producer joined by his live band featuring Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), Brandon Butler (keys), Borahm Lee (keys) and Chris Karns (turntables). Across Saturday’s performance, the group was incredibly tight, easily transitioning in and out of the more jam-oriented segments that have become a hallmark of the Pretty Lights Live experience. You can check out the full stream of Pretty Lights Live’s second Red Rocks performance below, plus peep a gallery of photos capturing Saturday’s festivities, courtesy of 2ber Media.Pretty Lights Releases USB Containing Sixteen Rare And Unheard Tracks [Listen]Setlist: Pretty Lights Live | Red Rocks Amphitheater | Morrison, CO | 8/12/2017Set: Change Is Gonna Come, Look Both Ways, The Sun Spreads In Our Mind (There Is A Light), Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Roy Ayers), Is There Any Love In This World*, Untitled (Gorge Promo Video)*, The Rythm Is Invisible*, Looking For Love (But Not So Sure), Where I’m Trying To Go, Maybe Tomorrow, Samso (+Remix), Eternalessly (prelude 4), If I Gave You My Love Jam (SuperVision), Up And Down I Go, Better Than I’ve Ever Been!, Toxic, Head Nod Freedom, Ask Ya Friends, Analog Jam (Australia Cassette), CREAM x NY State Of Mind, We Must Go On, Summer Love w/ Jubee, Lost and Found (+Odesza remix), I Put A Spell On You, Dionysus* Newlast_img read more

Ithaca police provide tips amid rise in burglaries

first_img“Consider installing motion-sensor lighting around your house and/or business so that criminal actions are less likely to be concealed at nighttime.Lock your doors when you are away, at night, and when you are asleep.Consider investing in home security systems and/or cameras to monitor activity around your house or business.Trim shrubs and bushes that could provide concealment for a potential burglar.Evaluate the security of your home or business; if you can easily enter through a window or nonsecurable door, then so can a burglar. Take appropriate steps to correct that situation.When you are away, consider placing lights on timers to give the appearance that you are home.Be cautious about posting on social media when you are away and/or at an event. If you post about where you are, it can be assumed that you are not at home.Do not leave items of value outside your home that can easily be removed (bikes, tools, etc.)If you are going away for an extended period, ask the post office to hold your mail and/or have a neighbor pick up newspapers so that it does not appear that you are away. Also, ask someone to cut your grass and or shovel your walkway in the winter.Coordinate with a trusted friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house or business when you are away and similarly all suspicious activity should be reported to the police.” ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The City of Ithaca Police Department is notifying residents of ways to ensure their safety amid an increase in burglaries over the last month. Ithaca Police provided these tips, saying they hopefully will minimize additional burglary occurrences and remind residents of prevention methods. last_img read more

Munro blitz leads Trinbago Knight Riders run-chase

first_imgIn the following seven overs Amazon Warriors added just 29 for 3 as the Knight Riders off-pace bowlers squeezed the visitors. Cooper, Shadab and Narine collecting one wicket each. Munro reach 50 Denesh Ramdin (L) and Colin Munro (C) of Trinbago Knight Riders celebrate 4 runs off Rayad Emrit (R) of Guyana Amazon Warriors during Match 9 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders at Queen’s Park Oval on August 11, 2017 in Port of Spain, Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images A rapid half century from Colin Munro propelled Trinbago Knight Riders to a seven-wicket victory against Guyana Amazon Warriors in Match 9 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The Knight Riders pulled off the highest run-chase of the season to pull to the top of the Hero CPL table. Munro peppered the leg-side boundary when Tanvir strayed, and manufactured room to hit on the off side against off-spinner Steven Jacobs. Narine’s two boundaries, one in the first over and another in the sixth – bookended a PowerPlay in which the Knight Riders blitzed 72, reducing the run rate to a run-a-ball. The Knight Riders innings had a very bad start when Brendon McCullum slashed the first ball of the innings from Sohail Tanvir straight to Ganjanand Singh at point. Sunil Narine and Colin Munro wasted little time consolidating, maximizing the benefits of a hard-new ball and the fielding restrictions. After a tight first over from Khary Pierre, Martin Guptill took 26 runs off Robbie Frylink’s second over. Chadwick Walton looked to match Guptill in the third over, twice punishing short balls from Pierre for boundaries taking the Amazon Warriors to 40 for 0 after 3 overs. Despite Narine’s dismissal, caught for 23 off 22, the Knight Riders seemed in control of the chase with Munro reaching his fifty off 23 balls. However, an 11th over maiden by Rashid Khan increased the pressure once more and a series of tight overs followed, adjusting the equation to 50 off 36. After 15 overs, the Amazon Warriors were just 104 for 5. However, through a mixture of power-hitting and good fortune they elevated themselves to 156 for 7. Twenty-five runs came from the final two overs. Earlier in the evening the Amazon Warriors battled to reach 156 for 7 – the highest first innings total in six matches at the Queen’s Park Oval. Guptill then fell to Shadab Khan’s first ball. With Guptill’s wicket so too went Amazon Warriors early momentum. In his first over of the match Sunil Narine trapped Babar Azam lbw. Just 11 came from the second three overs of the Powerplay. Fresh impetus Amazon Warriors battle to 156 Just as the match threatened to turn however, Dinesh Ramdin found the boundary three times in seven balls bringing the match back in their favour. Munro’s first boundary since the ninth over—a heaved leg side six off the last ball of the 18th over, reduced the equation to 9 off 12 and two sixes from Ramdin in the next over sealed an impressive victory with an over to spare. Bad start The innings was given fresh impetus when Walton struck back-to-back sixes off Pierre and a wayward first over from Dwayne Bravo cost nine. However, Walton’s demise, caught off a slower ball from Cooper led to a shift in momentum again.last_img read more