Certain newspapers are often among the first to criticise the meddling of the so-called "nanny state".
How dare this "nanny state" tell us how to live our lives or bring up our children.
Yet when the BBC recently announced it would be showing children’s TV programmes until 9pm at night many of those papers were up in arms. How can parents possibly put their kids to bed if CBBC is still on? What is the BBC thinking! The Times branded it "bad news for parents", the Daily Mail suggested the BBC would be to blame for "sleep deprivation" and related "behavioural problems" that could "damage children's learning ability". The Sun found a "sleep and neuro-disability consultant" to declare "CBBC's later schedule will disrupt children's evenings and sleep patterns".
How dare the BBC abdicate its "nanny state" responsibility to bring up our children for us.
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