Tag dementia sufferers says Science Minister

Science Minister
Malcolm Wicks has told of a pilot scheme in
Devon to provide bracelets for elderly people with
dementia to help identify them should they get lost. 

Having had
elderly relatives in the past who have been sufferers, I am fully aware of the
distress that such a condition can cause to those who love and care for those
who have this terrible affliction. Having to mount searches for them when they
get lost or go wandering is only one of the many ways in which carers have to
put themselves at the service of the sufferer, so prima facia I can see some
merit in such a scheme, if it was being put forward by a caring, sharing

Malcolm Wicks
announcement on the surface sounds good, when he says  it would give sufferers, who often experience
memory loss, “freedom to roam around their communities.” And “This
is about dignity and independence in old age.”

Although he has
suggested that this would only be undertaken with the sufferers permission, or
that of their family, he did indicate that the satellite technology to enable
this was already in place, and memories of promises given about ‘voluntary’ schemes
in the past sprang to mind, such as photo driving licences and ID cards. 

Now that rang a
little alarm bell. We are talking of a technology driven, big brother centric
NuLab government here. Yes, we could possibly use the same system as Asbo
tagging, but the Minister did not elaborate.

Nor did he
indicate that there would be any legal safeguards to this tagging, either for
the sufferer or their families, with the ability for families to switch the
system off or disengage from the scheme. 

The fact that the
Science Minister set forward this proposal, rather than the
Health Minister made the bells in my head go ding ding ding again.

What really set
my already suspicious mind working and the alarm bells really ringing with
Malcolm Wicks proposal was that it was brought down to one thing, cost. Currently
700,000 – or one person in every 88 in the
UK – has dementia, incurring a yearly cost
of £17bn.

When cost is the
only criteria, we should be worried, very, very worried. Without cast iron
legal safeguards this is a scheme that could be abused, very seriously abused. 

In its search for
the perfect citizen, and given this governments propensity to using the Nazi
regime as a blueprint for most of its legislation and nanny state rules, the
warning bells are ringing louder than ever.

Fascist leaning
governments always prey on the weak and infirm first, as we highlighted with
the governments plans for ‘reform’ of the Mental
Health Act
, and the Mental
Capacity Act
, and to tag sufferers of dementia could be part of a bigger
plan to remove at some stage in the future those ‘imperfect’ citizens.

Would I trust this government with the lives of my elderly relatives now? Not a chance..


The text reads:
“This genetically ill person will cost our people's community 60,000 marks
over his lifetime. Citizens, that is your money.



further back you look, the further forward you can see.” (Winston


NuLab –
from the inside out.





About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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