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wait, what?

August 3rd, 2009 (07:31 pm)

Man, I thought the UK had taken the Nanny State as far as it was possible to go under a democracy, but I've just been proved wrong:

THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behaviour, Ed Balls announced yesterday.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.


I just. WOW.


Posted by: Kevin L (cikevin)
Posted at: August 4th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)

At first I thought this might be a prank article, partially because of the name Ed Balls. (Hey, I'm an ignorant American. I don't know all the cabinet members in my own country, let alone others.)

I'm conflicted about this. I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of cameras in people's homes, but I'm also in favor of more interventions on behalf of children with truly fucked up parents. It's bad, but maybe it's not AS bad as taking the kids away and putting them in foster care? It's an intrusion on their privacy, but maybe not AS bad an intrusion as they would have if the kids were placed elsewhere and the parents sent to prison? I don't know.

Also, I'm amused by the term "sin bin," and I'm going to look for opportunities to use it. And perhaps opportunities to cite Ed Balls by name.

Posted by: __marcelo (__marcelo)
Posted at: August 4th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)

How is that even legal?

Posted by: Sara LaKali (sara_lakali)
Posted at: August 4th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)

Yeah, I'm conflicted too. I guess it's all going to depend on if it works or not. It'll be a long wait, but if it breaks the cycle of bad parenting, drug abuse and general poverty, okay.

The only alternative I ever came up with was to surgically sterlise people as soon as they hit puberty and not allow them to have it reversed until they could prove they'd be responsible parents. (Exactly what makes a responsible parent and who was going to evaluate those qualities, I didn't know.)

Posted by: Not your everyday Viking angel (shadowvalkyrie)
Posted at: August 4th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)

Wait, WHAT???

How aren't there any mass protests going on against this?

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