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May 27, 2007

Administrative Exile

Just a couple of days ago there was a long piece about the Englishman and his home as his castle. Further proof of the fact that we only start thinking about these things when they don't exist any more comes from this:

Laws allowing problem families to be thrown out of their own homes will be in force within weeks in a fresh blitz on anti-social behaviour.

Now a landlord should be able to throw out people who breach the contract that governs the property. But here we have the idea that home owners will be thrown out of their own property.

A letter to Mr Blair from John Reid, the Home Secretary, marked "restricted" and dated May 18, claims that proposals to arm police and councils with the ability to evict badly behaving households - people who own their own homes as well as tenants - for around six months has won "considerable support".

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Families attempting to return home while an order was in force would be liable to a jail term.

There are two things here: one is the basic concept, that the State is taking to itself the power to throw you out of your own property. The second is that while, to begin with, it will only be used in the most extreme cases (Oh, Yes, of course!) the tendency is for these things to become applied more widely.

Further, are we really happy with enshrining this into law when we don't actually know how delightfully liberal or not our future rulers are going to be? The definition of "anti-social" can become really rather lax over time, can it not?

As indeed did happen when another country took the same powers to itself. So my suggestion is that we give this proposal its proper name, to set it in the correct historical and philosophic context:

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Anti-social would certainly include not recycling enough.

It is disturbing that there are now so many ways, from playing truant to returning to your own home (proposed) that people who have not actually committed a crime can get themselves a criminal record.

Given that most people could not afford a mortgage and rent, what happens then? Is the local authority obliged to house them? Will children be taken into care?

Posted by: DocBud | May 27, 2007 10:28:24 PM