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Stop the Mrs Opening a bank account and go to gaol – UK 2012

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- Tom Winnifrith

No new laws have been passed in Parliament but the law has changed says Nick Clegg to allow the State to dictate how you and your partner behave in a relationship. You can now face criminal charges for stopping your wife/partner/husband from opening a bank account or stopper her/him seeing friends and family – this is a crime known as “coercive control.” It has been welcomed by the usual bunch of big state losers in the Labour party, the BBC etc but it is actually very sinister.

For a start it has not actually been brought into being as a result of legislative change. I quote from today’s Daily Mail:

The changes will not be written into law, as there is no specific offence of domestic violence, but the Government’s definition – which all public bodies will be expected to apply – will be broadened to include ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behavior, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’

Public bodies includes the Police and Prosecutors.

Secondly how do you prove any of this coercive behavior? In so many cases it is a “he says, she says.” Will the presumption of innocent until proven otherwise apply?

And thirdly what business is it of the State to intervene in what are the ups and downs of a relationship. If your Mrs shops you to the old Bill for coercive control ( now a criminal act treated in the same way as physical domestic violence) because she claims you will not let her ghastly relatives around how would you feel as you are dragged down to the nick for questioning? If you have to get the Police involved to sort out such a domestic bust up your relationship is over. Try to get counseling or just get out. It is Orwellian to get the State in to force you to live your marriage/relationship in a pre-determined fashion.

I speculate here but one issue that can cause problems in a relationship is how many times a week you have sex. Perhaps you remember that Woody Allen film where his wife tells her counselor “He demands sex three times a week” and looks pained. Next clip Woody: “She will have sex only three times a week” and looks pained. Was Woody exerting co-ercive control in demanding sex three times a week? Arguably that is more coercive and restrictive than restricting access to the Mother-in-law. Does Mr Clegg and this rotten Government think that the State should have any say or any right to interfere in this matter? Surely to be consistent this has to be considered?

It is so good to be back in Airstrip One.

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