Friday, April 13, 2007

Big Brother May Be on to Something...

Of course I abhor the reality of a Nanny State for myself, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit I often feel that others may benefit from tighter controls on their Jerry Springer lives...

"...The country's 1,500 most disruptive families have been threatened with state "sin bins" as it emerged that their behaviour costs the taxpayer £525million a year.

The "neighbours from hell" would be moved into special units and supervised round the clock by staff living with them, the Home Office said.

Parents would be taught the basics of everyday living, from how to make breakfast to making sure children go to bed on time and attend school.

Many will be placed under curfews and banned from having late-night or unsuitable visitors, while others will be required to have drug or alcohol dependency treatment.

The families will be placed in refurbished social housing. Up to three families will live next to each other. Although CCTV will be used for security reasons, they will be free to come and go as they please.

The "sin bins" - which cost around £15,000 per family to provide - will be reserved for the worst cases.

Other disruptive families will be moved out of their homes and placed under similarly close supervision in council-run properties..." (source)

Obviously I can't support the reality of this, but theoretically I know some families that may have profited from some unsolicited "help"...

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