Sunday, January 15, 2006

We Don't Have the Only Idiot-as-Leader

Nanny Blair Stikes Again on Parenting

So because of complaints of noise, harassment or people coming and going at all hours, the Brit government will now be able to lock people out of their homes (private homes too, not just council flats) and send them off to "sin bins" for three months for a little behavior modification. Clockwork Orange, anyone?

And police will get powers to seize assets worth £1,000 or more, even without a suspected criminal being convicted.

The number of the controversial Community Support Officers, who receive only three weeks training and have no power of arrest, will be expanded from 6,000 to 24,000.

Under current rules, only police and education welfare officers can round up truants, but this power will be extended to the CSOs, who have been dubbed 'plastic police'.

In addition, the worst 200 schools in the country, responsible for 13,000 truants, will be targeted. Truancy officers will set parents a target for their child's attendance.

Failure will be punished with an on-the-spot fine. Most controversial is the state's attempt to seize control of parenting. Currently, only parents of children who break the law or are served with an Asbo can be hit with a parenting order. The directives, backed by a fine or prison term, force mothers or fathers to attend behaviour classes so they can teach their child how to be a good citizen. They are backed with curfews and truancy orders.

Now Mr Blair is extending them to unruly children under ten - who cannot technically commit a crime because they are below the age of responsibility.

The tabloids of course are loving it - not surprisingly The Sun set up a hotline for people to rat on their neighbors. I expect there are a lot of people around here that would think this is all a pretty good idea for here as well. Like the people who see nothing wrong with the illegal wiretapping done by our own government, they're always convinced that they are never going to be the ones on the wrong end of this stuff. Not smart.


At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whah? Huh? WHAH?!?

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

This is all, of course, because the English system presumes guilt. This sort of thing could NEVER happen in the US where one is presumed innocent until proven guil - Oh, wait...nevermind!


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