A crackdown on 'Shameless' families could see state officials turning up at people's homes to get them out of bed for work and make sure their children go to school.It seems government doesn’t want to be ‘Big Brother’ after all, it wants to be ‘Big Mummy’. Will they check that people have washed behind their ears too?
Who could possibly dream up such a crazy, expensive, degrading scheme? Step forward Hazel Blears:
Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said the Government was prepared to take drastic steps to tackle a ' hardcore' of workless neighbourhoods where no one has a proper job.So instead of making it harder for them to exist on the dole, she plans to make it easier?
Now, agents of the State will wake you up, see to your children, etc. Is she pinning her hopes on this shaming these people? Because I think the clue there might be in the title of that TV series, frankly.
And it’s not just them – it’s their unfortunate neighbours:
Miss Blears is preparing to publish legislation paving the way for unprecedented 'community intervention projects'. In effect, entire streets or blocks of flats would be put on 'special measures'.That seems a little harsh, if you’ve done nothing wrong except have the misfortune to live next door to a Karen Matthews-type ‘family’.
Sources say council staff would be given the power to enter homes to get people out of bed in the morning, or turn up with rubber gloves and detergent to oversee the cleaning of filthy homes.
And ‘council staff’…? Has anyone considered that they might not have the skills or desire to do this, not to say their union will be up in arms at any attempt to change the parameters of their job roles?
Hmmm, is this a cunning plan to recruit yet more public servants, I wonder? Well, there must be some out-of-work farmers and zoo-keepers; why not let them have first crack, if so? They will have all the required training already…