Nanny Knows Best

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nanny's Al Capone Powers

Al Capone Powers
We have known for quite some time that this country is being run by a bunch of gangsters, viz:

- Extortion via excessive tax rises and council fines

- Protection rackets via demands for licences and insurance fees for any activity whatsoever

- Bullying via the Iraq invasion, holding people without trial etc

However, in a twist of irony Nanny is now using a law designed to deal with "Al Capone" type "master" criminals against the ordinary person in the street; ie she is designating us all as potential "Al Capones".

The powers that police currently have to deprive crime barons of luxury lifestyles are being extended to councils, quangos and agencies to use against us.

These powers include the right to search homes, seize cash, freeze bank accounts and confiscate property.

Nanny is giving the following groups "carte blanche" (can I use French here?) to use these powers whenever they see fit; town hall officials and civilian investigators employed by organisations such as Royal Mail, the Rural Payments Agency and Transport for London.

Nanny's little chum Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, is sneaking these powers in next week via a Statutory Instrument (this means parliament doesn't have to debate it).

Now why would a local council need such powers?

Well my loyal readers, isn't it obvious?

To collect backdated council tax, to tackle fare dodgers and other minor criminals.

At this point you might say, "So what? They are criminals, they deserve it!"

OK, but I would make a number of observations:

- The powers of the state should be in proportion to the crime.

- Punishment should be in proportion to the crime.

- Do you really trust the local councils not to misuse these powers? Remember what they did with RIPA.

- Do you really think that they state should have such powers, that can be used willy nilly against all and sundry? The state cannot be trusted.

- Imagine a time, not long hence, when ZaNuLabour increases council tax to unprecedented proportions. Under the current system there would be a wave of non payments, and people would use due process (as councils took them to court etc) to humiliate the government. Under these new powers the state would simply lock individuals down financially", at the stroke of a pen. How would you function without any bank account? This would kill any council tax protest stone dead within a matter of days.

The chairman of the Police Federation, Paul McKeever, is well pissed off with this; noting that the decision to hand over "intrusive powers" to people who were not police was made without consultation or debate.

He is quoted in The Times:

"The Proceeds of Crime Act is a very powerful tool in the hands of police and police-related agencies and it shouldn't be treated lightly.

There is a behind the scenes creep of powers occurring here and I think the public will be very surprised.

They would want such very intrusive powers to be kept in the hands of warranted officers and other law enforcement bodies which are vetted to a very high standard rather than given to local councils

The Home Orifice (remember it has been classified as "not fit for purpose") has a plan to "embed" financial seizure in the criminal justice system. Labour have set a target to recover £250M in criminal assets by 2010, rising to £1BN per year soon after.

Ah Hah!

Ker Farking Ching!

We are all designated as prostrate milch cows, to be milked dry via taxes and fines in order to feed the ever growing appetite of the state.

Oh, and by the way, Nanny intends to create a whole new body of financial investigators who will be accredited, trained and monitored by yet another quango, the National Policing Improvement Agency.

More money here from course fees!

More interfering busybodies in uniforms to crush the individual!

Do you not see what ZaNuLabour (wasn't it the Telegraph that claimed that I had lost all sense of proportion the other day by calling them that?) is doing here?

They are creating a police state, that even the police don't want!

A Home Orifice memo states:

"Investigation bodies will receive a share of money recovered as additional funding to incentivise further work in recovering the proceeds of crime."

Thereby neatly incentivising these bodies to create false charges, in order to earn some more money.

As we all know the councils etc already have powers to reclaim debt etc, they most certainly do not need these extra powers.

They most certainly cannot be trusted with them!

The memo also say that the councils will be "less reliant on more traditional law enforcement agencies, notably the police".

Another police force has been created, under the direct control of the state.

THAT IS WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Power corrupts!

The state, under ZaNuLabour, has become the enemy of the people.

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  1. OMG!

    And Im sure that in addition to all youve said Ken, a raft of new "crimes" will also follow, just to make sure they can reach the targets quoted.
    I still wont be surprised though, when members of the public welcome these new "necessary" powers with the line, "Nothinmg to hide, nothing to fear".

    Just to go off topic for a bit, I haerd on the radio this morning that the government want to put alcohol on a "harm" list that includes cocaine and heroin. According to government booze is more harmful than canabis, cocaine and ecxstasy.
    Thats a great way to villify something - compare it to hard drugs. Also, is this not an incentive for suggestable people to quit the booze in favour of the healthier cocaine?

  2. Money is this governments God.
    Ever since Labour has come into power they have ridden rough shod over our constitution, way of life and our core values and beliefs. At every turn, Labour have set out to increase their own levels of power and control over the people of this country, they forget they work for us.
    Will the next government be any better?....I personally doubt it because, once an official body, be that a government, a local authority, a quango or another instrument of state has a power, they find it hard to give up that power just in case they might need it at some point in the future, sadly, if they do have a power, they tend to use it often in unintended ways.

    Our country has become a very oppressive place and the police no longer have the support of the middle classes, they no longer police by consent.....I suspect that as we sink ever deeper into the socialist superstate that is the EUSSR, so the power of the state will increase, I read a piece yesterday that stated there are secret plans for a direct EU income tax.....I suspect that will pay for even more storm troopers..

    Incidently, on Tuesday, Sky news ran a breaking news ticker saying that "The EU Naval force spotted a missing hijacked British Yacht"...I didn't even know there was an EU naval force.....Why would a trading block need a navy?

    I also read that the EU has approved the restructuring of Northern Rock....Can't our elected government make their own decisions anymore?....How about this for an idea....As Nanny gives more and more power to Brussels, why not cut MPs salaries in line with their reduced power....That should focus minds.

    Use power responsibly.

  3. This is clever in so many ways - legalising state burglary, forcing money back into circulation and providing a revenue stream for councils outside their normal central budgets.

    I'm surprised nobody ever thought of it before!

    Put simply - what's yours, isn't.


  4. Anonymous12:50 PM

    Can someone please suggest another country to live in that is not nearly as bonkers as this one.

    Australia is no better by most accounts, I'd trust nowhere in the EU either.

    The US is frankly too scary, does this leave Canada in all of the civilised nations?

  5. microdave4:52 PM

    Since the police can't be trusted to use these powers properly God help the rest of us now:

  6. If we are lucky we might just make to the last election next year.
    Hopefuly the Conservatives will cut the state back down to size.
    A size that is in a proper proportion to the productive sector. A size that cannot afford to run everbodys' lives.

  7. Anonymous6:59 AM

    This is becoming more frightening by the day. Is it just co-incidental that the Lisbon Treaty's just about ratified? If a post-Lisbon EU will directly control us then all future Governments will be no more than henchmen. "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." (Orwell)


  8. Julius Caesar1:55 PM

    Yes, Anonymous, I fear that you are right, and it very much looks as though like Blair and Brown before him, DDavid Cameron is also going back on his promise to give the British people a vote on the Lisbon stitch-up, er, sorry, treaty.

  9. Lord of Atlantis1:58 PM

    This is something that might have been expected in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or similar dictatorships, but not in a so-called 'democracy'.