"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Loathing The Coalition

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This engineered, pre-designed and pre-packaged, ready-to-elect construct - a coalition govt - anathema to most Britons, is a disgrace. The last Labour government was rightly despised because of its fondness for surveillance and monitoring techniques but the Coalition is no better; it's just picked up many of their stupid policies and carried on where they left off.

A 'Security Camera Commissioner' is to be appointed to ensure we're not subjected to too much state intrusion but we're already among the most heavily surveilled people in the world (see the 2007 data from Privacy International). The last official estimate of cctv put the number at roughly 4.2m - 1 for every 14 people - but that was eight years ago in 2002. I'm sure we've 'progressed' by now.

Labour trialled uav drones (do you remember the celebration of technology in parts of the press when an alleged burglar was found hiding in a field but the police were later ticked off because they didn't have the necessary permits to fly the drone?) and they also trialled microphones alongside cameras.

If the coalition is serious about its Freedom Bill and the restoration of civil liberties, all it has to do is flick a switch and turn it off but that's too simple. Instead they warn of new technology (drones, microphones), say privacy could be invaded and appoint a cctv tsar to monitor it all.  Clegg asked for our opinions and we gave them but even the website was censored - they're not listening and have no intention of reeling in big brother.  They employ Fabian tactics, like like the last lot did.

Pig-sick of it all.

I also wonder whether the government has thought through the possible consequences of having 11,000 disaffected former members of the Armed Forces on our streets?  It's shabby treatment yet Cameron will be paying his respects to the fallen again at PMQs later today.

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