CNN's Piers Morgan sees no reason why America shouldn't turn into a nanny state. During his March 11 broadcast, Morgan insisted that "people need the nanny state occasionally."
With guest Christine Quinn on his late evening CNN talk show, Morgan lamented what he felt was a bad decision by a New York judge who shut down Mayor Michael Bloomberg's large soda ban. Morgan was all in for a politician deciding for all of us what we are and what we aren't allowed to eat.
During the discussion, Quinn said she disagreed with banning foods, saying that the focus should be on expanding choice for healthy foods, not just having government "say no" to the supposed bad choices. Interestingly, Quinn is a Bloomberg ally, a Democrat, and the President of the New York City Council, yet was still arguing against this particular nanny state action.
Regardless, Morgan, a British citizen, disagreed with his guest.
"This is where I disagree with you. I think people need the nanny state occasionally," Morgan said.
"Particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas that are too big for them, you know, eating sixteen Big Macs a day, whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that that's why so many people are on diets. That's a form of nanny state," he claimed.
The CNN talker also took to Twitter to ask why Mayor Bloomberg’s meddling is such a bad thing.
"If a Mayor can't do things to make his city's populace healthier - what's the point of his job? Bloomberg's 100% right on supersized soda," he Tweeted on March 11.
Just as the soda ban was to kick in, New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling put a halt to the rule, saying Bloomberg's new ban was improper because he went around the City Council to implement it.
The ban, Judge Tingling said, would "not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it."