Monday, October 30, 2006
Nanny's Little Hitlers
Beware the state Gestapo, who are being given extra powers by Nanny.
Nanny is to extend the power to issue on-the-spot fines to "authority" figures, other than the police.
Some of you may be wondering who, or what, an "authority" figure is. Allow me to enlighten you; authority figures (according to Nanny) include the following, teachers, council workers and even RSPCA inspectors.
In short anyone in some form of uniform, or with aspirations of wearing some form of uniform!
These "Little Hitlers" would be given the same right as police officers to mete out summary justice for offences including; vandalism, antisocial behaviour and theft.
The proposal was debated a few weeks ago in the Lords.
At the moment penalty notices are dispensed by police officers, community support officers and neighbourhood wardens (what the hell is a neighbourhood warden?).
Nanny's chums in the Home Office are preparing a much longer list of the types of people, who would then be "accredited" by their local chief constable to issue the notices.
Home Office sources say the list could include teachers, who need to deal with unruly pupils, housing officials who need to punish troublesome tenants and RSPCA inspectors.
Fixed-penalty notices do not count as a criminal record, but police forces would keep a register of those issued with them.
To quote Basil Fawlty:
"That's exactly how Nazi Germany began!"