National spare room databases

Chris Applegate has a good post about Labour’s obsession with silly laws. So has Justin McKeating:

It’s politics by laughometer. If a policy floated in the media fails to get a laugh, it’s in. A policy that gets a raucous roar like the proposed drinking ban did yesterday goes on the fire along with frog-marching drunks to cashpoints, Hazel Blears’ Guantanamo boiler suits for those doing community service and her idea for a caste system. Some of these ideas have lifespans that make your average mayfly look like Methuselah.

It’s just like in The Thick of It when they are desperately trying to think up a new tinselly thing to justify calling a press conference.

A national spare room database?

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