Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Blair ♥ surveillance society

CCTV camerasThe Daily Telegraph reports that a new policy discussion paper from the government goes further than ever before with Blair's Orwellian vision of the UK:

The most controversial paper dealing with law and order acknowledges that there will have to be "trade-offs" between liberty and security as technology and profiling are used to reduce crime…

The policy paper confirmed the Government's objective of creating a surveillance society despite Mr Blair's denials of a "Big Brother" state. It said new anti-crime measures include face and voice recognition, a DNA database, identity cards, microchip monitoring and satellite surveillance — and confirmed that Britain has the most public CCTV systems in Europe.

Perhaps the good people of Lewes would like to contribute to this debate?

"Lewes is a combination of a large number of people who are well-organised, intelligent and dislike being told what to do and if you add that to the high number of people who have a lot of skill with small explosives then this is the effect." —Councillor Ruth O'Keeffe


Owen said...

"Britain has the most public CCTV systems in Europe"?

I thought, averaged out by square mile (square inch?) we had the most public CCTV systems in the world

William said...

What a marvellous quote from the Lewes councillor. First they've blown up a giant effigy of the Home Secretary with a giant ID card, now parking meters. What next: speed cameras? CCTV? It feels like the only place left in teh UK where the spirit of Tom Paine is alive and kicking!