Nanny has always had a penchant for seeking publicity, and has rather an affinity for showbusiness and the sort of people who inhabit that world.
Therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that Nanny is now sticking her nose into the world of circuses.
Nanny's new public entertainment licensing laws came into effect in November, you know... the ones that gave us 24 drinking, and are threatening to have a negative impact on the world of sawdust and the big top.
John Roberts, co-owner of Robert Brothers Famous Circus, was forced to delay the opening of his traditional Christmas spectacular in Milton Keynes because one of the seven bundles of documents he had been asked to submit to the council to obtain a public entertainment licence failed to arrive in time.
This was despite beginning negotiations in September, and setting aside seven days for meetings with council officers.
Roberts is quoted as saying:
"It was incredibly time consuming.
In the end we got the licence but the thought of having to do that in every one of the 35 towns we will be visiting next year is very worrying."
Robert Brothers aren't the only show to be adversely affected by Nanny. The European Entertainment Corporation (EEC)...jokes about the EEC and clowns should be submitted in triplicate..., the largest circus operator in the UK, has decided not to put Cottle & Austin's Electric Circus on the road next year partly because of the expense of having to file separate licence applications with every local authority on a packed tour schedule.
Instead, the EEC will concentrate on moneyspinners like the Chinese and Moscow State Circus.
Nanny of course does not just interfere with circuses.
Punch and Judy artists now must take out £200 adverts before they pitch their booths on the beach, music venues must install expensive soundproofing and samba musicians have to apply for the correct £600 permit in order to perform at carnivals and street festivals
Mick Pycke, a member of the UK Samba Association and director of Bloco do Sul samba group based in Dorking, said:
"It's the low season for us now but come the spring and summer it's going to be chaos.
Most samba bands charge about £600 for a performance, which is the same as the cost of a licence".
David Locke, who owns La Brocca, a restaurant in West Hampstead, stopped advertising jazz last month because he has to apply for a formal public entertainment licence from the local authority, which would be too expensive.
"Camden council told me my bar was unsuitable for live music and that if I wanted a licence I'd have to install soundproofing.
It just isn't viable. Jazz is a philanthropic thing - it doesn't make me money."
You see folks, these new laws all came in with the Licensing rules in November. The media and politicians only focused on the 24 hour drinking part.
In fact the regulations require every small-scale entertainer, from folk musicians to street artists to charity carollers, to obtain a public entertainment licence before putting on a paid-for performance.
The only exemptions are for morris dancing (quite!), travelling fairgrounds and garden fetes.
Needless to say, Nanny's chums in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport claim that the law would actually provide "increased opportunities for musicians and other entertainers".
What Nanny can't control, she bans.
Nanny is in effect emulating the Puritans of the 17th century, who closed theatres and places of entertainment.
The British people had the good sense to get rid of them, I am more than sure that we will do the same now with the current bunch of "clowns" running the country.