New powers will be unveiled for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Agency, allowing it to take passports and driving licences directly from parents who refuse to pay money to their children, without having to go through the courts first.
Two basic arguments against this proposal. The first is that it is insane. Given the accuracy of this agency\’s forerunner and it\’s computer systems, who is going to believe that they are going to be taking the right passports?
The second is that it is actively evil. One of the bits and pieces that goes to make up a free society is that you are able to up and fuck off….as long as you are not constrained by a court order. An order issued after a hearing in such a court, of course. In fact, I\’m pretty sure that there\’s something in one or other of those international human rights treaties that we\’re so fond of signing, that no one not under such a court order should be prevented from leaving the country.
Certainly, we used to argue that one of the great evils of the Soviet (and their satellites) system was that they wouldn\’t allow people to leave freely. That who could and who could not was based upon the unappealable permission or not of a bureaucrat.
Having actually won the Cold War why are we imposing the worst parts of that evil system upon ourselves?