Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Nanny's Right of Entry
Following on from that most excellent article, wot I wrote, about the man who was found "In Flagrante Delicto" with a bike. I would note that aside from the issue about whether he should be on a sex offenders' register for that, there is also the issue about the right of entry into someone's home (in this case a master key was used to gain access to his room).
It seems that all manner of people can come barging into your home, using a variety of rather dubious pretexts and excuses.
In fact there are 266 powers under which Nanny can come into you home.
Our good old chums in HMRC can of course enter homes with a writ to seize suspected smuggled goods, no surprises there. However, it seems that others too can enter your home.
Did you know that Nanny's chums in the Environment Department can pay a call, using the Bees Act 1980?
Harry Snook has written a pamphlet called "Crossing the Threshold: 266 Ways the State Can Enter Your Home". This shows that the majority of these powers of entry were created by Nanny over the last 20 years.
These "entry powers" include the right of Ofcom to search your home for an unlicensed television set, to those of social services to check whether it is being used for unlicensed "early years child-minding".
Heard of the Weeds Act?
No I hadn't either.
The Weeds Act allows Nanny to enter your home to look for...errmmm...virulent weeds.
Try to obstruct Nanny when she enters, and she will slap a £5K fine on you.
Read the full document here Crossing The Threshold
We are a nation of pussies, for allowing ourselves to be pushed around by the state like this.