I like the state, the state is great
Iain Dale, in a post called 'The Creepingly Insidious Powers of the State', writes that, "All my instincts tell me that the electorate are beginning to cry out for a kind of politics which seeks to give meaningful power back to the individual and shrink the size of the State."
I don't think Iain's instincts on this are correct. We'd probably agree that some of the issues which most concern people are immigration, crime, tax, health and housing. Of those:
On immigration, a majority want the government to do more to keep people out, deport foreign criminals more quickly and generally 'get a grip'. This would require expanding the powers of the State.
On crime, a majority of people want more police, more people put in prison, criminals kept in prison for longer, and tougher action against (young) people behaving anti-socially. Again, this would require an expansion in the size of the State.
On tax, a majority think that they are over-taxed, with council tax and inheritance tax particularly disliked. Score one for reducing the size of the State.
On health, people don't want to see the NHS privatised, or insurance systems replace the current way it is paid for, and want a better service, whether from GPs, in hospitals, or in long term care for the elderly. This is an explicit preference for the State-run option over the private alternative, and belief that the State should be doing more.
On housing, the government gets at least some of the blame for the fact that young people are priced out of the housing market, and many people think that it is unfair that they or their relatives can't get a council house because there aren't enough and they don't agree with who gets priority in being housed. The reason why housing is now one of the top issues is precisely because the government (rightly or wrongly) has kept out of the way and has left the market to get on with things.
So of these five issues, I score it 4 for more state, and 1 for less state.