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Right of entry removed by New Labour: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill

Compare our old Rights with what Labour are planning. first up the past:link
In 1760, William Pitt (the Elder) made a famous declaration of this right. "The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake, the wind may blow through it. The rain may enter. The storms may enter. But the king of England may not enter. All his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement."
Today:
New Labour have the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill going through the Commons now. 

If it becomes law, the Bill will extend to all bailiffs the power to forcibly enter domestic premises to enforce debts, including consumer credit debts such as credit card bills. Currently only certain bailiffs have this power, most notably those enforcing magistrates’ court fines.
So think about that, banks which in my opinion are only a step above government in their ineptitude and shitty attitude towards the public, will be able to pop down to your abode walk in and make off with your goods.

Not for the first time either:
In 2004, it introduced the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill, which contained a power to force entry in connection with unpaid fines imposed for criminal offences. This was a significant departure from the common law that merited a wide debate; yet it was included in a measure that, on the face of it, had nothing to do with bailiffs. The Government maintains that it was fully considered by Parliament; but it depends what you mean by fully. The Bill was in its final day in committee when ministers tabled "urgent" new proposals to show they were "getting tough" with fine dodgers.
The minister, Chris Leslie, explained: "These amendments give enforcement officers the power to enter premises to execute a warrant of arrest, commitment, detention or distress where the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the offender who is a subject of warrant is present." The MPs on the committee seemed to have little idea that they were being asked to set aside an ancient liberty, and Mr Leslie certainly did not spell it out.

Another age old right flushed down the toilet by the communist inspired filth that make up New Labour.

Some example of these fine upstanding folk that make up bailiffs:link
Bailiffs forced their way in to a London woman’s flat to recover unpaid parking fines imposed six months after she had sold the car concerned. She had confirmation of the change of ownership from DVLA.  The bailiffs threatened to call the police and accused her of assaulting them. They listed property they could take from the flat but said they would not take it immediately if she paid them £200. Her grandmother paid this on her behalf, even though she did not owe the money.

A woman in her late fifties whose only income is carer's allowance for caring for her elderly father. had been paying £20 a month for four years towards council tax arrears. Even though she was consistently paying as much as she could afford to clear her council tax debt, bailiffs called repeatedly saying she still owed a lot of money, and they made additional charges for visits and letters that had not taken place or been sent. The woman was suffering from stress and was extremely anxious. Her father lives with her and she was worried that the bailiffs might come back and take all their belongings, even though she was paying off the debt. She had been threatened with imprisonment by the bailiffs.

A pregnant woman with a young child received a letter from bailiffs demanding an unpaid TV licence fine plus court costs and bailiffs' costs. She believed the fine had already been paid and she tried for two weeks to phone the bailiffs, but on each occasion she was told that their 'systems' were down and they could not answer any of her queries - they said they could not even make a note that she had called. She then received a visit from a bailiff and let him in, but once inside he was aggressive and intimidating. He took an inventory including her little boy's toys and said that he had ordered a truck to come and collect her belongings and it was on its way - the cost of this would be added to the amount she owed. He added that when her possessions were sold and did not raise enough to pay off her debt, he would be applying to the court for an arrest warrant. The woman was alone in the house with her young son and felt scared and vulnerable. A family friend eventually paid off the full amount owed.

I wonder which members of HM Govt have an "interest" in bailiff firms, beyond the stench of New Labour shit I am sure that one can catch a faint waft of sleaze and corruption underneath. Truly life in their "Cool Britannia" just gets shittier and shittier.

New Labour a huge "gold standard cock-up", amoral, corrupt and evil to the core. Run by nomenklatura supporting a leader out of touch with reality.
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6 people have spoken:

Anonymous said...

doesn't the TV ad "we have the power to crush your car" make your stomach churn.
just how long will the people suffer this shit?
We are being ruled by stalinists.
Urban11

David said...

The TV License "We Know Where You Live" one is worse.

Fidothedog said...

David they know from a database, not a detector van.

Old Holborn said...

Place a sign on your garden gate

"No implied access, other than Royal Mail or emergency services"

Then you can quite happily shank any one caught walking up the drive as long as you "genuinely belied your life was in danger"

Most of the 646 are failed lawyers. Play them at their own game.

David said...

Fido:

Yep, I know about the detector van scam but it's still overbearing aim of the ad to instill fear.

The fuckers.

Earthlet Nigel said...

One Alan Milburn associated with Bridgestone Capital which in turn owns 1st Credit a debt collection agency in Reigate. Google 1st Credit and you will see their practices and manner is far from reproach. The CEO of 1st Credit, a Najib Nathoo is also chairman of the Credit Services Agency, to which complaint about debt collection agencies are referred, unsurprisingly no complaints are registered against 1st Credit.

Look it up