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Monday, 21 February 2011

"We Will Be Knocking On Doors"

So says Glen Watson, Census Director of the Office for National Statistics, but only if you haven't filled in your 32-page questionnaire and only to 'help and advise' you.



Jedis & witches, unite!

16 comments:

  1. 32 fucking pages, 40 minutes to fill in. Somebody's having a laugh. very intrusive and socialist. If only we could get a momentum not to fill it in!

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  2. DONT Complete the Census

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  3. Yes, OR - pass it on. At the w/end I posted about the involvement of Lockheed Martin in the data-gathering and the groups that are coming together to boycott it. The govt can't take thousands of us to court.

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  4. Thanks Anon, that's the message I'm trying to get across.

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  5. One of the lefty websites, and enemies of the British people, Liberal Conspiracy, is calling on us not to boycott the census.

    They tell us that for every person who does not complete the census a sum of £22,000 will be lost to local authorities – tempting, isn’t it?

    I’m not one for too much of a fuss and so I will just tell a few fibs – I mean it would be great to see a 75% rise in transgender wiccas.

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  6. Well GV. as the census has to be completed by everyone at each address on Sunday 27th and as I, a single person, intend leaving home at 23:59 on the 26th and won't be returning to 00:01 on 28th - how can I fill in the Census form. Especially as it is obligatory for everyone to complete it for those at that residence on that particular day.......

    Other than a visit to the occasional pub and restaurant which happens to be on the route of the very long drive I shall be taking......

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  7. Hi BJ, yes,why not :-) Watson himself says they can't do anything if people give joke answers. It's part of a trial run to see if the info can be 'harmonised' with the eu's - about 10 other countries are taking part this year. Imagine all that info going to a database somewhere in Brussels!

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  8. It looks like we cross-posted Mr W - you weren't there a minute ago! You might have to re-think your plans - the guide to completing the census says:

    "Q3 What will happen if I'm not at home on 27 March 2011?
    If everyone in the household is away on census day you should complete your questionnaire as soon as possible after your return, or before you go away if your questionnaire has arrived."

    They're being sent out from the 5th March.

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  9. Blame Royal Mail they have no way of checking!

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  10. For your further edification if you haven't seen it already
    https://p10.secure.hostingprod.com/@spyblog.org.uk/ssl/spyblog/2011/02/09/the-census-2011-media-hype-is-starting-to-ramp-up.html

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  11. Thanks William - they've got a damned nerve asking all those questions about employment. It's becoming a nightmare of state intrusion with exceptions made for the few. I'll have to read it again when I'm not so tired to find out exactly how the Terrorism Act slots into it all.

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  12. I will be giving joke answers. I'd like to see everyone put 'smoker' as their religion. I wonder what would happen to the smoking ban if smoking officially became a religion?

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  13. Glen Watson "weknowwhereyoulive.gov" twat. Certainly "smoker" as religion, "innuit" for race and "none of your f*cking business" for sexuality.

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  14. It's my understanding that you only have to fill in your name and address, possibly the number of people in the household... and sign. Info relayed to me by a census worker.

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  15. Are the penalties severe for failing to complete this evil document? I don't mean threatened penalties, but real verifiable fines or gaol time.

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  16. It's a criminal offence not to complete it (£1k fine) but not a crime to complete it with joke answers. Harry's probably right - the state has no legal right to this information and as long as name/address/number of people in household are correct then there's probably little they can do - particularly if thousands of us do it. In theory a jail term can be imposed for failure to complete but imagine what a test case that would make.

    Here's a link to a DT article from Jan 2010. Note that the then Shadow Cabinet Minister condemned the plans but now the Cons are in govt, it's still going ahead unchanged.

    Here's a quote:

    "Ministers have refused to publish the prosecution guidance for its census staff, insisting that “ONS considers any such guidance to be covered by legal and professional privilege”.

    One in three forms are not filled in completely, leaving large blanks which are filled in by ONS staff who use an average answer using responses from neighbours."

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