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Nannies, nannies, everywhere


THE AA is advising motorists to take shorter car journeys and walk or cycle when possible as fuel costs rise ever further. 

This will be music to the government’s ears as drivers reduce their carbon footprint and leave their cars at home. It doesn’t matter that the proles are already being asked to cut down on many of the things they love as they’re forced to pay for the follies of lockdown, billions sent to Ukraine and the ridiculous Net Zero policies foisted on us. Nope. What the people need to do is watch what they eat and drink and budget like hell while the government taxes them to the hilt. Bizarrely, it wasn’t the budgeting advice that angered me, even though I, and I imagine millions more, am thoroughly fed up with being told that I must tighten my belt because of the idiocy of government. It was yet another example of nannying that seems to be coming from everywhere at the moment.

For the last few years, we’ve been assailed with not only Covid advice but guidance on our diet, recycling and what more we can do to save the planet. If you are in the unfortunate position still to hold a TV licence, you’ll be overloaded with this sort of crap every time you watch a programme or listen to the radio, with the ubiquitous ‘diversity’ campaigns thrown in for good measure.

For people who don’t hold a licence, like us, our local magazines have ensured that there is no escape from this persistent nannying. When I browse them, I don’t want to read guidance from the editors. I want to know if there’s anything interesting going on in our area. I want to know what changes are being made to our villages or what decisions have come from our parish council. Nowadays, aside from tips on avoiding food waste, how to get the most out of your weekly/monthly shop, what to eat and drink and how to exercise better, what to do before you go to sleep, how much water you should drink, how best to recycle, it’s Go Vegan, Save the World, Plant a Tree! There are stories on people winning awards for clearing up the rivers or planting trees or campaigning for a better environment, whether it’s ditching your car for your bicycle or donating to one of the many gazillion causes telling us the planet will blow up in a week if you don’t go Green. The advice on planting trees cracks me up, when many of those saplings will find themselves crushed by a bulldozer laying the ground for yet another housing estate. Progress, I suppose.

Not content with propagating Net Zero or Covid hysteria, every publication is intent on letting us know how much they are pro diversity and inclusion. The other day my partner Tina received an Avon catalogue, celebrating Pride month. Next to a picture of ethnically diverse women, one of them with facial hair which puts my lack of it to shame, Avon trumpets that it ‘supports and upholds the UN LGBTI Standards for Business’ – whatever that means – and is ‘part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme’. So now Tina knows that by buying Avon products she is funding Stonewall. Millions across the country, either paying for products or donating to charities, will be subsidising something they don’t agree with and never asked for. Talk TV’s Mike Graham touched on something similar when he exposed the charities who are funding illegal migration to this country. 

Getting back to Avon, its advice to customers is to ‘educate yourselves’, a command which implies that you’re a dodgy bigot and will be cleansed of this sin only by joining and promoting the cause.

Plainly put, this is your society telling you how to think, what to say and how to act. There’s just no escaping this nonsense. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve ditched one form of propaganda. They will find you. They always do.

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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