Nanny state has plans for your free time

It’s a couple of days since I read this now, but it still annoys me.

It is estimated that 38.3 per cent of Swindon residents are engaged in arts and the Government has set the town a target of reaching 41.3 per cent by March 2011.

Why? What I and any other person in Swindon, or anywhere else, do in their free time should be no business of the state. Provided what I do is legal, I don’t expect the state and its bureaucracies to be setting targets for what I should do for enjoyment.