Tony Blair thinks that creating a super
database for everyone in Britain is a good idea, then ponder that combined with
all his new laws lets look at the story of
Average Joe Soap, clean, honest living man.
When Joe Soap arrived at his local Jobcentre
to look for work, he had little idea of the nightmare that was about to unfold.
Joe, a carpenter by trade, was forced into bankruptcy
last year as his costs continued to outstrip his income, and the small firm
that he used to run was liquidated, so he needed to find new employment.
Joe had lived in Burnley all his life, he
had never been in trouble with the police and had always paid his taxes and
VAT, and was feeling confident that he would have no trouble finding new work.
The assistant in the Jobcentre was polite
and pleasant and asked Joe lots of questions about his work experience, and
eventually asked for his new super database number, printed on the back of his
£300 ID card.
To his amazement, the assistant politely
advised him that she needed to speak to her supervisor, and left Joe alone at
A short time later, the supervisor called
Joe into his office, where he was met by an officer of the SOCA, cautioned and
arrested under Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
Taken to the police station he had his
fingerprints, a photograph and DNA sample taken and was then escorted to the interview room and
It transpires that Joe had been in London 3 weeks
earlier, the Police wanted to know why he was there, what he had done in London, who he had
seen. They already had pictures of his
car, matched by DVLC and TfL, they knew that he had been in London for 2 days,
because they had his credit card statements and had seen his Hotel bill and
Congestion Charge payments.
At some stage during his visit to London,
Joe and his wife had gone to see the Houses of Parliament, as any first time
tourist to London would do, but upon his arrival found that Parliament Square
was full of demonstrators, so he and his wife decided to walk along Whitehall
and head for Trafalgar square.
At some time during this walk, he had been
photographed by the square with the demonstrators.
The Police had also discovered that Joe was
a member the Communist Party of Great Britain, a legitimate organisation, but
his membership was noted.
They also disclosed that there had been a
form incorrectly filled in during his discussions with the HMRC when he closed down
his firm, and the questioning began to focus on this.
Why had he lied to the inspectors when his
firm went bust. Joe insisted that he had
filled in the form correctly, but the police were adamant that the information
on the form was incorrect and that a supplementary form was missing, therefore
he must have failed to provide it, and an investigation into possible fraud
would ensue, despite Joe protesting everything was agreed with HMRC at the
Police then wanted to know why he had
travelled from Burnley to Oxford the previous month, they had CCTV footage of his journey from
motorway cameras and CCTV in Oxford town centre and the Car Park, and that this was outside of his
Joe explained that he
had been looking for work, and that someone had told him of work at a company
in Oxford, but when he arrived and spoke with them, all the posts had been
filled, even though he had arranged the appointment by phone.
The police told him that they had already listened
to the phone call, and advised that they found its contents to be ‘suspicious’,
as was his journey. No further explanation was given.
Joe appeared before Magistrates the
following morning. Police explained that
they had conducted exhaustive enquiries, and that in their opinion Joe was a
potential threat to his local neighbourhood.
They said that neighbours had been interviewed,
some of whom complained that Joe used to start his noisy diesel van up at 6.30
every day when he had been working, and his immediate neighbour who had never
particularly liked him, had complained about the noise late at night when he
put rubbish out.
As Joe and his wife liked to keep
themselves to themselves they rarely spoke with the people in their
street. Police found this to be suspicious
and anti social.
Police advised that
they had found extremist material during a search of his home (communist party
brochures), had associated with a known criminal in Oxford, and because he had been involved in a bar room brawl 10 years ago, believed
that he was potentially violent, so police also requested that he be put on the
Violent and Sex Offenders register, and be given a super ASBO, with conditions that
he report his movements for the next 2 years to the Police.
So, Joe Soap, clean, honest living man who
wanted to find new work to pay the mortgage and his bills, never been in
trouble in his life, now has a criminal record, his fingerprints and DNA will stay on file for
100 years, he now has an ASBO which makes it illegal for him to do everyday
things that the rest of us can do legally, he is no longer allowed to travel to
London, and travel anywhere else in the UK has to be approved by the police, he
is on the V&S Offenders register, and his life is under constant
Joe will never be able to work again,
because the CRB check will show his ‘record’, he will never be able to go on an
overseas holiday, because he has been refused a passport, because he has a ‘record’,
and for a man who has always worked for a living and paid his own way in life, he is
now reduced to living on benefits. He
has had all his credit cards withdrawn because of an alleged fraud over an
He is shunned everywhere in his home town,
because the assistant at the jobcentre, having read his entire file, could not keep her mouth shut and told
all her colleagues, who then went on to tell everyone else.
By passing laws and building Databases all your eggs are now in one basket and make everyone, absolutely everyone suspicious, be
the target of suspicion, and allow the lowest rated civil servant access to your
I can hear Mr Blair protesting now that
this is not what all these laws are for, but Mr Blair, please understand, THIS
IS HOW THEY WILL BE APPLIED, if not in a dictatorial regime, certainly one in
which it is very easy to hit all your targets when the laws are all on your side.
free society, the rights and laws protect the individual from the government.
dictatorship, the rights and laws protect the government from the people.