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Frank Field’s surveillance society

Frank Field MP, whom I do not like, has a 10 minute role motion in parliament on Tuesday 24th January:

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to make provision for the system for social housing allocation to give priority of choice of social housing to those with an exemplary tenancy record; to place a duty on housing associations to inform potential tenants about conduct of existing tenants in neighbouring properties; and for connected purposes.

Logically, this means that local authorities and social housing providers would be required to keep behavioural league tables on all the people who rent their homes from them, so that the ‘exemplary’ ones can go to the top of the list. 

Of course, a 10 minute rule motion has little chance of making its way immediately to law, but Field is sowing the seeds for his weird surveillance state, where if you want to rent a home you’ll have to not just stay out of trouble, but conform to his idea of an ‘exemplary’ way of life.

Will we get extra points for going to church, I wonder?




  1. January 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    And of course if you are wealthy enough to own your own home, you can behave as badly as you like.

    • TLC
      January 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      But that’s a theoretical point.We all know that homeowners have a genetic mutation which prevents them from having noisy parties.

      • January 22, 2012 at 2:22 am

        This must be one of the most absurd utterances yet from one who has made a political career out posing as a Labour MP while operating as a Tory. Not unlike other opportunistic politicians , his choice of the Labour party was determined by the chance of seizing the best chance of a safe seat. His time has come, he now has a PM as amoral as him so he can settle into a role which will allow his fundamental ignorance to be ignored.

  2. Tim
    January 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I wonder how many of the readers here have watched the1982 film called ‘The Thing.’

    Well Frank Field is Luke Bozier, but gotten at by The Thing.

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