NOBODY complained when Britain really was a nanny state. National concern about city children's poor health in the 1930s led to unprecedented intervention in the way babies were brought up. Stern matrons would instruct young mums to administer cod liver oil and orange juice to infants, and make sure they got plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Nanny's method was designed to encourage strong, healthy bones, and it worked.
Rickets became a historical disease.