Sometimes I wonder whether anyone can reverse the Nanny State tendencies so prevalent in this country at the moment. Even the Conservative Party is succumbing to them in a few areas. Take today's Sunday Times. These three stories appear on the first two pages.
Brown to curb second homes
Energy giants told to help poor or face a levy
Tories plan Alcopop taxes
Each of these initiatives, it can be argued, has honourable intentions. But the effect of all three is to increase the power of the State. All my instincts tell me that the electorate are beginning to cry out for a kind of politics which seeks to give meaningful power back to the individual and shrink the size of the State.