Further powers for privately-employed bailiffs to use force to enter and seize private property.

It is claimed these powers are already abused. In one case, an 89-year-old grandmother returned home to find a bailiff sitting in her chair having drawn up a list of her possessions. He was pursuing a parking fine owed by her son, who did not even live at the address.

Must we learn again every lesson from history? Under New Labour, it seems so.

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