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#564892 - 19th Aug 2011 12:21pm Another Product of the Labour Government
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Mother fearing eviction chooses £1m council house over son accused of looting as he is remanded rather than bailed to her home

A mother yesterday allowed her teenage son to be jailed over rioting allegations rather than run the risk of being evicted from her £1million council house.

Della Collins refused to let the family home be used as a bail address when 19-year-old Jermaine Collins appeared before magistrates in London.

It left the court with little option but to jail the youngster overnight ahead of a final decision on his fate today


9 kids and dosnt work she must be raking in tax payers money, she obviously votes labour, and people wonder why we are billions o pounds in debt!!!!
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#565204 - 19th Aug 2011 8:04pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: HistoricalTony]
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I fail to see the link to your sensationalist subject title, also some of the 9 kids are over 18 so she probably isn't claiming for them.
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#565207 - 19th Aug 2011 8:11pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: HistoricalTony]
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Originally Posted By: HistoricalTony

......she obviously votes labour



Hmmm, you seem to be making a few assumptions there Sir!

I'm not suggesting there should be no anger over stories like this, but the Dail Mail loves nothing better than to have some titbit for Middle England to be outraged at.

Regarding the article itself, I'm not sure I understand when it states: ‘She [the lad's mother] said that if her son is convicted of an offence she will lose her council house so she is not able to offer a bail address.’

If it is correct that the mother will face eviction if her son is convicted, why does that depend on whether he is bailed from her address meanwhile? Surely the sanction would, if it applies at all, also be applicable if he was convicted from custody, or am I missing something?

As for the bigger picture, well, I agree that proportionate punishment needs to be dealt out, comensurate with the seriousness of the offence, including all the aggravating features. However, whilst it may prove popular at first thought to evict people or stop their benefits, the question has to be addressed as to what happens then - where do they live & how do they feed & clothe themselves & their families? I agree it's tempting to say sod 'em, they deserve it, but the fact is they still have to exist somewhere, and I can't help feeling that unless David Cameron and whoever else is advocating this tough justice can explain how this is actually going to work in practice, it will prove to be no more than opportunistic rhetoric.



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#565340 - 19th Aug 2011 10:39pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: 24424m]
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Originally Posted By: 24424m
Originally Posted By: HistoricalTony

......she obviously votes labour



Hmmm, you seem to be making a few assumptions there Sir!

I'm not suggesting there should be no anger over stories like this, but the Dail Mail loves nothing better than to have some titbit for Middle England to be outraged at.

Regarding the article itself, I'm not sure I understand when it states: ‘She [the lad's mother] said that if her son is convicted of an offence she will lose her council house so she is not able to offer a bail address.’

If it is correct that the mother will face eviction if her son is convicted, why does that depend on whether he is bailed from her address meanwhile? Surely the sanction would, if it applies at all, also be applicable if he was convicted from custody, or am I missing something?

As for the bigger picture, well, I agree that proportionate punishment needs to be dealt out, comensurate with the seriousness of the offence, including all the aggravating features. However, whilst it may prove popular at first thought to evict people or stop their benefits, the question has to be addressed as to what happens then - where do they live & how do they feed & clothe themselves & their families? I agree it's tempting to say sod 'em, they deserve it, but the fact is they still have to exist somewhere, and I can't help feeling that unless David Cameron and whoever else is advocating this tough justice can explain how this is actually going to work in practice, it will prove to be no more than opportunistic rhetoric.



Nail on the head! You articulated far better than I could the stupidity of knee-jerk, Daily Mail appeasing responses by the government to the riots.

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#565343 - 19th Aug 2011 10:45pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: HistoricalTony]
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£1m council house, must be London then.
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#565406 - 20th Aug 2011 12:28am Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: HistoricalTony]
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If that is her son's home address then she can lose her tenancy, presumably she is stating it is not his home address.

To put things in perspective, the average house prices in Camden show that she lives in a house significantly below average price if her house is truly worth £1m (her house being either a semi or end-terraced)

Camden average house prices (source BBC, based on data from the land registry)

Detached £2,225,942
Semi-detached £2,786,888
Terrace £1,151,840
Flat £501,562
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#565409 - 20th Aug 2011 12:36am Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: diggingdeeper]
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i think the article said he had been dossing at a mates house
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#565444 - 20th Aug 2011 6:44am Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
If that is her son's home address then she can lose her tenancy, presumably she is stating it is not his home address.



Right - with you now! The lad is 19 years old and living away from the parental home, so under the mother's tenancy agreement, where anti-social behaviour by anyone living at her address can affect her tenancy, the argument is that this sanction couldn't apply in this case, unless he was bailed to that address.

To be honest, that reasoning still seems arbitrary to me, as surely the relevant issue is where the son was living at the time of the alleged offence, not presently?

Back to the substantive issue, I watched David Cameron's interview on Northwest Tonight, and when Gordon Burns posed the question as to where would people go if they were evicted from their homes (& by implication, what would they do if they lost benefit), the Prime Minister replied something along the lines of "Well they should have thought of that before they went out rioting".

On one level, I agree with David Cameron, as I suspect many people who are angry, outraged or scared by what has happened do too, as there has to be (and be seen to be) proportionate consequences for actions in any just society.

The problem is, when considering the issue of consequences, what would be the impact on society as a whole of evicting people from their homes and denying them even a basic income? The government really has to make a clear decision as to what relationship with mainstream society such individuals should have, and this is where things get tricky. For example, would the government advocate the notion of a purpose-built ghetto {effectively a poor house}, where those without accomodation or income for reasons of criminality can be corralled and contained in the most basic of circumstances, with no relationship with the rest of society? In our knee-jerk anger right now, this may appear like just deserts, but in the longer term, is this really a desirable outcome for society, or even politically acceptable?

I certainly wouldn't profess to have the answers, but my fear is that despite all the tough talk, neither have the politicians, and the consequences of such a policy have not been sufficiently thought through.

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#565619 - 20th Aug 2011 3:36pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: 24424m]
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Don't you think it strange that this and previous riots have always happened under a Tory Government? Just to put you correct on one thing hysterical Tony, the biggest friend of the benefits mob was your blessed Margaret Thatcher. She is the one who fiddled the unemployment figures by allowing millions to claim Incapacity benefit or whatever it was called then.

I remember talking to one chav girl way back then and saying what a shower the Tories were and she replied that as far as she was concerned, they were the best thing since sliced bread because her benefits were so good.

Don't let facts get in the way of a good headline though

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#565620 - 20th Aug 2011 3:39pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: HistoricalTony]
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#566334 - 21st Aug 2011 4:10pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: Tombraider]
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What happened to the government's promised tough sentencing here?

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool...00252-29270510/


Maybe it only applies to rioters?

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#569544 - 25th Aug 2011 2:17pm Re: Another Product of the Labour Government [Re: 24424m]
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All the goverments who are in powere, say what ever they think people want to hear, but does it ever happen, not usually. I voted for this tory goverment, because they said they were going to make it more worthwhile for people in work, and not so beneficial for people on benefits. well that didnt work since they came in powere, my husbands paying lots more tax and national insurance. his yearly increment at work has been suspended. and familyy allowance has been capped for three years or so. so in effect, he is back to what he started on, wage wise 6 years ago. due to all the financial stress and pressure this has put a strain on our relation ship so much so, im gouing to be a goverment statistic claiming income support, and the odd thing is, im going to be no worse off than i am now. how bizzare is our society.

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