Government-enforced EDtv

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Do you remember the film EDtv? It was about a man who agreed to have his life broadcasted on television 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Our “progressive” friends across the Atlantic have come up with the totalitarian idea of monitoring less-than-reputable families 24 hours a day on closed circuit TV in order to supervise the families’ behavior:

THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behaviour, Ed Balls announced yesterday. The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

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.

Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.

Sort of adds a whole new dimension to the term “Nanny state.”

[Thanks to Eli Cryderman]

7:42 pm on August 3, 2009