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Six times Boris Johnson criticised the nanny state

Picture by Andrew Parsons / No. 10 Downing Street

Who would have thought a Prime Minister that once railed against the ‘continuing creep of the nanny state’ would be the one to launch a war on fat? Boris Johnson spent much of his journalistic life before No. 10 criticising the paternalistic instincts of policymakers. Yet now he is promising new laws to help ‘reduce the temptations that lure us away from doing the right thing’. Here

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