Individual responsibility and common-sense prevail in the United Kingdom as the government rejects two Nanny State measures:
A proposed law to force firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets will be scrapped today.
Ministers have spent over a year considering the idea, which campaigners say is backed by a majority of MPs and the public.
But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will tell Parliament there is not enough evidence it would have a significant impact.
It comes as the Home Office also prepares to scrap its planned ban on two-for-one drinks deals, another measure aimed at improving public health.
Let’s hope Australia follows suit and stops our own embrace of paternalism.