I'm not a regular reader of Richard Littlejohn but I think he has a point in his column today when he writes:
"Labour is about to introduce a law which will, quite literally, legalise daylight robbery. A bill giving bailiffs the power to break into our homes received its second reading in Parliament yesterday.
If it passes on to the statute book, any of us could find our front doors kicked in and our valuables seized. "
Ed: It's a little like the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) in its original form which would have given "responsible persons", i.e. traffic wardens the right to access your PC. It's not quite as simple as that but it was very close and before media attention was drawn to the clause, the Home Office were very keen to push the legislation through.
The problem with this new legislation is the way it might "leak" into other areas, i.e. a firm of cowboy clampers are sent in to recover an alleged parking debt. It's rather worrying and proves conclusively that an Englishman's home is certainly not his castle or even as strong as a paper bag come to that!
And some more madness for you... Churches are now required to display "No Smoking" signs!
A government spokesperson from the Department of Health said: “Churches and other places of worship are not exempt from the ban and we provided the same guidance literature to all affected enclosed public places.“ Guidance will be published for businesses in plenty of time before the new law comes into force. “We will work with churches to ensure that their responsibilities are clear under the law. Prominent signs will be required at each entrance. “The design of such signs can be flexible and designed to match surroundings.”
Ed: That's good, you can display one over the crucifix then. That should keep the government insprectors happy!