Desperate people do desperate things. In a clear attempt to win back former Labour voters who have drifted off to the BNP, Gordon Brown pinches a BNP policy and claims it as his own.
I had assumed this was one of those throw away ideas designed to grab headlines on the day and then get gently ditched, but it seems that Ed Balls has got all excited by the idea. The authoritarian instincts of the left come flooding to the fore as the Children's Secretary says that young women will be forced into these hostels.
According to Politicshome, when asked if mothers would be legally obliged to go into supervised care, Mr Balls said: "Definitely, and rightly so because the state has got an obligation to make sure 16 year olds get the support they need". Statements like this make me think of 1984 or Brave New World.
We need to think about reducing our teenage pregnancy rates, we need to think about some of the perverse incentives that the housing and benefits system generates but how have we come to a point where the party of government announces a policy to compulsorily incarcerated young mothers, for their own good?
What if the girls refused to go, would the be arrested? Would they dragged biting and screaming by the police or the matrons into whose protective custody they are being sent?
DNA database, ID cards, detention without trial and now a plan to locks up girls just for getting pregnant. This government has got to go.
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