England’s problem families will be monitored 24 hours a day via government-operated TV cameras in their homes. Some will be forced to move to “sin bin” housing.
Children’s Secretary Ed Balls wants funding to monitor 20,000 “chaotic” families. The Daily Express reports:
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.
. . . Sin bin projects operate in half of council areas already but Mr Balls wants every local authority to fund them.
Parents who resist may lose their government-owned housing and benefits or risk losing custody of their children.
Britons call these “Shameless” families after a popular TV show depicting a dysfunctional family — Mom’s gone and Dad’s an alcoholic — living in public housing.
Orwellian, writes Mark Steyn, who blames social decay in Britain, at least in part, on “the nanny state’s assumption of all adult responsibilities.”