1.  Definitions for “nanny state”:

  • a government which tries to give too much advice or make too many laws about how people should live their lives (from
  • a government perceived as having excessive … control over the welfare of its citizens, especially in the enforcement of extensive public health and safety regulations
  • in general nanny state is used in reference to policies where the [government] is perceived as being excessive in its desire to protect (as a nanny would protect a child), govern or control particular aspects of society (from wikipedia)

2.  a)  Opinion question. Answers vary.
b)  Answers vary.