Nanny claims that she only has our best interests at heart, and that the rules that she imposes on us are for our own protection.
To some extent, as adults, we only have ourselves to blame for Nanny's interference in our lives. We can, after all, vote her out of orifice or stick two fingers up at her "advice" (eg "don't drink when pregnant") and get on with our lives.
However, it becomes more difficult to do that when you are a child trapped by Nanny's bony fingered clutch.
Nanny is paranoid about paedophiles, to such an extent that she and her chums in the media have caused something akin to hysteria in the rest of the population. The hysteria becomes a vicious circle; as Nanny is pushed by the media to impose even more bureaucratic rules and checks on people, who may come into contact with children.
As such, according to the Manifesto group, it is now the case that several hobby clubs have closed their doors to under-18s; and teenagers have been turned away from clubs, if their parents do not accompany them.
In short, adults have become afraid of helping and mixing with young people, with some coaches refusing to coach children.
John Bridgett, Retford Model Flying Club, is quoted as saying:
"I think the sport will die -
so many people now say that they don't
want to get anywhere near youngsters."
Nanny has succeeded in widening the gulf between children and adults, and has made adults and children afraid of mixing with each other.
Without adult role models in the community, how are children expected to grow up into well rounded mature adults?
By wrapping children in cotton wool, Nanny is stunting their natural social and mental development; making it impossible for them to interact in a meaningful, and satisfying, level in the adult world.
Isn't that child abuse?