Actor Jeremy Irons: Michael Bloomberg’s nanny state ‘dangerous,’ ‘terrible’

jeremy ironsNot everyone in Hollywood is fond of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to micro-manage the lives of everyone in his city.

Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, who describes himself as a “complete libertarian,” says Bloomberg’s nanny-statism is “terrible” and “dangerous.”

“I’m a complete libertarian. I think it’s very, very dangerous. I really mean that. I think the smoking ban is a tip of an iceberg of society — the leaders of society telling us how to be,” he told the Huffington Post.

“I think it’s not their business. I think it is their business to tell us to care for and respect each other and each other’s happiness and each other’s health, and we are responsible enough to do that. It’s the nanny state. It is terrible. It’s the tip of the iceberg, because it’s an attitude, it’s an attitude where the governors think ‘we know what’s best for people, and they’re so stupid that they would only not do it if we ban it’,” he added.

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