"but the seemingly unstoppable creep of the nanny state."
I think you'd like The Daily Mail
. They love phrases like that. Another favourite is "Its political correctness gone mad!" They always arrive packaged the same way every time. Theseeminglyunstoppablecreepofthenannystate. Itspoliticalcorrectnessgonemad. All one word. Its lazy thinking, peddled by newspaper sellers who want to manipulate your righteous indignation into forcing you to buy their rags. What seems to slip past everyone is that political correctness is effectively the enshrining in law of a bit of basic human decency. And that what you call a 'nanny' state isnt just to 'protect' you. Its to protect other people from you, from your smoke, your guns, your sexual proclivities, from your freedoms.
I think images of the nanny state, a suffocating veil of governmental interference into every corner of your private life that annoy you so much exist much more in your mind than in reality.