As noted by Alex in his last post below, among the most intriguing parts of the Prime Minister's speech to Labour conference was his policy to place young mothers in a new care-home system.
The exact text from the speech is as follows:
"..From now on all 16 and 17 year old parents who get support from the taxpayer will be placed in a network of supervised homes.."
Given our natural inclination to oppose the idea of forcing someone into a state-run home, we wanted to know the details, but it seems this is not actually a new plan.
As this article from the Independent from 1999 demonstrates, Tony Blair's "social exclusion unit" dabbled with this idea around the turn of the century.
Back then financial incentives – such as benefit perks – were mooted. But it sounds to us like Gordon has just announced a system of compulsory placement.
Again, we await the exact details, but is this yet another black mark on this government's record on personal freedom?
By Dylan Sharpe