Monday, 14 July 2008

The One That Wants To Know Where They'll Put Them All. . .

Another shot fired in the 'war' on 'knife crime'. I have neither the energy nor the desire to recover points that have been covered ad-nauseum in the blogosphere over the last few days.

However this caught my eye:

More than 110,000 "problem families" with disruptive youngsters will be targeted as part of a crackdown on knife crime, Gordon Brown has said.

They will get parenting supervision, with the worst 20,000 families facing eviction if they do not respond.

The worst 20,000 families? Jesus H Fucking Christ on a dirty great big bike (sold with bell attached as per incredibly important legislation) without a crash helmet and hi-vis vest.

Let us assume a little cynically that the 20,000 families are made up of mother and two kids. That's 60,000 people, I've landed in towns with Ryanair that don't have that sort of population. Where the bloody hell will we stick 'em all? Evict them to where? Are they to be thrown out on the street? How will the old bill escort the little cherubs home when they're found breaking curfew if they have no home to go to? No address will mean no benefits. They'll probably take to liberating money off passers-by by waving knives under their noses.

I'm betting that the ECHR puts obstacles in the way of eviction that a Royal Marine PT instructor would baulk at.

Surely this isn't just a ploy by Gordon the Goldfish to be seen to be doing something?

Is it?

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