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Rioter Evictions: Don’t Kick Them Out, Kick Them Down

Not surprisingly

David Cameron back[s] councils planning to evict rioters
The prime minister has said people who “loot and pillage their own community” should be evicted from council houses.

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David Cameron told the BBC he thought evictions were a way of “enforcing responsibility in our society”.

That David Cameron is backing a populist move I’m not going to criticise. He’s a politician. Alas we can only compare them by the number of bandwagons they jump on.

Back to the point, though: it’s a daft idea. Not the principle – abuse taxpayers’ ‘largesse’ and expect us to take such support away – it’s the practical aspects that cause the problems.

Why should children suffer because their sibling is a thieving scrote? What’s the point making them homeless when we’ll then end up re-housing them anyway?

On the other hand, it’s right that parent(s) take responsibility for their offspring’s crimes. Whining that “I can’t watch him and also keep an eye on little Chardonnay, Tyson and Kyle … I mean, have you seen the price of Sky subscriptions these days innit?” isn’t good enough. Children are a responsibility that you cannot turn off when you feel like it – it’s 24*7 – that’s even (slightly) longer than they have the widescreen telly switched on for.

Talking of parental responsibility and standards, we can’t ignore this gem from yesterday:

‘Sexy’ pics at 12, pregnant at 15 …and her proud mum’s delighted

A SCHOOLGIRL who posed aged 12 for controversial bikini pictures in a magazine is now pregnant at 15 – to the joy of her mum.

And why is her mum so overjoyed? Being a grandmother (again)? Looking forward to being a great-grandmother in her early sixties? Nope:

Jobless single mum Janis, 48, said she was delighted because the council will now have to give her a bigger house.
She added: “Our three-bedroom place was already overcrowded with her sisters Coco and Ritzy, her brother Tarot, Soya’s boyfriend Jake and one of her sister’s babies. Once the new baby comes the council will have to find us a place with four or five bedrooms.

 
“We’ve already started packing.”

F. F. S.

Interesting, in the context of evicting rioters, is what this tells us about what the parasitical classes value as status symbols. Yes, we can all think of the bull terriers, the plasma TVs, the chavved-up hot hatchbacks, but top of the premier league must be the size of your house.

(Not that different from so many, of course … except that if Joe Bloggs at last weekend’s barbeque had a five bedroom house, the assumption is that he owns it and honestly earned the money to pay for it (or service the mortgage). At a stretch, it may have come out of an inheritance, but the bequest was presumably not made under duress.)

So if the size of the house is such an important factor in what passes for the lives of the feckless, then we have a credible compromise when it comes to whether or not to evict rioters and their families. Don’t evict them from social housing completely – just move them into smaller accommodation. Had a four bedroom house before you smashed up the High Street? Now it’s a two bed. Had a two bed? Now it’s a studio flat. Hit them where, clearly, it would really hurt.

The cost to the taxpayer is reduced and the point is made, but without going through the ultimately pointless and even more expensive motions of eviction, B&B and rehousing in somewhere of equal size – or possibly, it cannot be ruled out, somewhere better than where they are now.

Now they can start packing.

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