Wow, I'm sure glad that I do not live in the UK right now! What the fork is this! People can just come into your house for no good reason now? At least make up an absolutely bogus looking warrant first! From The Sun:
And full article:
Home invasion by the State
By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
Published: 21 Jul 2008, The Sun
HOMEOWNERS must let council inspectors in to check for DANCING BEARS after they were handed 1,043 powers to pry.
Armies of clipboard-touting officials can demand entry to check on everything from pot plants to fridges.
Details of the vast array of laws were quietly slipped out to MPs last Tuesday by the Home Office.
The list includes 430 new powers of entry brought in by Labour ministers – a year after a report said there were only 266.
The checks include whether POT PLANTS have pests or imported “passport” documents, or if HYPNOTISM is being practised illegally.
Inspectors can demand to know if homeowners are keeping RABBITS.
Brits must also reveal if their HEDGE is too high under the AntiSocial Behaviour Act, and whether their FRIDGE has the correct EU energy rating under little-known Energy Information Household Refrigerators and Freezers Regulations 2004.
Bureaucrats can also make a sweep for WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
Additionally, penpushers are embarking on a new council tax regime. It allows them to poke around a home and fine those who refuse access.
In 2007 Gordon Brown promised a bonfire of petty rules – yet 16 more have become law since he became PM.
Tory spokesman Eric Pickles said: “The rights and liberties of law-abiding citizens are being eroded.
“We will cut unnecessary powers of the state to enter homes, starting with council tax inspectors’ rights of entry.”