The U.K.’s “Family Intervention Projects” changes the meaning of ‘Nanny State’.

Will there be a blind spot to hide a journal, at least?

The £400m ($668m) plan to put 20,000 families in the next two years under government surveillance is being proposed by the U.K. Children’s Secretary Ed Balls. The homes will be known as “sin bins” to ‘change their bad behavior’.

“They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals,” Allison Little reported in the Sunday Express. “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.

“Mr. Balls also said responsible parents who make sure their children behave in school will get new rights to complain about those who allow their children to disrupt lessons.

“Pupils and their families will have to sign behavior contracts known as Home School Agreements before the start of every year, which will set out parents’ duties to ensure children behave and do their homework.

Translation: INGSOC-style tattle-tale squads of all ages; the younger, the better.

“This is all much too little, much too late,” said the man with the Orwellian title of ‘Shadow Home Secretary’, Chris Grayling. “This government has been in power for more than a decade during which time anti-social behaviour, family breakdown and problems like alcohol abuse and truancy have just got worse and worse.”

At Wired, Charlie Sorrel wrote today: “Remember, this is the left-wing government [that Secy. Grayling is referring to]. The Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling, batting for the conservatives, thinks these plans are ‘too little, and too late,’ implying that even more obtrusive work needs to be done.”

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