Some things never change at the Home Office

Today, the Government opposed amendments to the Protections of Freedoms Bill that would have required officials to secure a warrant to enter our homes – except in cases involving national security, trading standards and child protection.

How has the Government responded? A promise for a two-year review.

Apparently “ministers remained committed to protecting homeowners’ rights and freedoms.”

Sadly, actions speak louder than words. It is beyond belief that a Conservative Home Office Minister is so blatantly trying launch this issue into the long grass.

Two years of hand wringing will not change the fact that there are already more than 1,000 laws that give public officials the rights to enter our homes without a warrant. We do not need a consultation to decide that suspecting unregulated hypnotism is going on or extreme comics are being read should not give officials the right to barge into our homes.

In opposition the Conservatives pledged that apart from the police and emergency services, public bodies would require a magistrates warrant to enter a home. The Home Office may have had a change of ministers, but it seems little else has changed and the general public are left high and dry, at the mercy of an army of pen-pushers who can enter our homes as they please.

And for those in any doubt that this is anything less than a total and utter kop-out, the Conservative Party’s Quality of Life Manifesto had this to say on the issue of non-police officials having the power to enter your home without a warrant:

“A Conservative government will cut back the intrusive powers of entry into homes. Public bodies (other than the police and emergency services) will require a magistrates’ warrant, and approval for such a warrant will be restricted to tackling serious criminal offences or protecting public safety. Labour plans to give bailiffs powers of forced entry into homes to collect civil debts will be revoked.”



  1. Beleaguered Brian
    19th March 2012

    Why should we expect anything else from our politicians “Let’s see, this will give Joe Public more privacy and us less power? let’s just give leave it where it is”

  2. pajh
    19th March 2012

    > It is beyond belief that a Conservative Home Office Minister is so blatantly trying launch this issue into the long grass.

    No, it really isn’t.

  3. Despb
    19th March 2012

    Maybe there should be an e-petition started !

  4. Pix
    20th March 2012

    Is it not time that politicians were held accountable for the misleading lies and promises that they make? Honesty is clearly not something that they offer.

  5. terrier
    21st March 2012

    means the fuzz can send in some other agency bod to have a nose without them having to get a warrant.

    we need the change NOW!

  6. littlebrother
    22nd March 2012

    No one should have the power to entry any home without a warrant including the police. We need a 4th amendment for the UK!