During her brief yet terrifying reign, her peculiar views on censorship and morality became de rigueur for policy makers. They wouldn't want to go the same way as that terrible Mr Heath, after all.
That's surely the only explanation for the almost perpetual stream of nannying, censoring nonsense we see today. It must be. It's 2013, and we live in apparently one of the most forward thinking countries in the world, yet the following is taking place:
- The Co-Operative supermarket is demanding that magazines displaying legal and non-pornographic images of women be covered in 'modesty bags', lest that publication be banished from their stores forever (nothing about magazines that depict less than fully clothed chaps, however?).
- MPs are deliberately conflating viewing child abuse images with watching perfectly legal adult videos, using revulsion at the former to build an argument about forcing internet service providers to censor the latter.
- The Government has recently openly discussed imposing a 'minimum price' on alcohol, and banning cigarette manufacturers from making their packaging in any way appealing. This is hot on the heals of forcing all reasonable size shops to cover up their cigarette displays. We wouldn't want adults to be making their own decisions on what they consume, after all. And the poor certainly should be discouraged from buying so much alcohol.
Whatever it is, stop the ride, I want to get off. Stop trying to nanny me, stop trying to make my alcohol more expensive, stop banning me from reading Nuts (I don't actually read it, but the point stands). Just leave me alone. I don't want you to impose your morality on me. Arrgh!