I always feel like somebody’s watching me …


I DIDN'T break the law last week. Like the greatest number of
you, I didn't break the law the week before, or the week before that.
Once upon a time I played football flagrantly in places where football
was strictly forbidden. Years ago I withheld the poll tax, very
politely I thought. But as criminal masterminds go, I'm one of life's
innocent bystanders.

So why is someone always trying to take my picture? Why does the
government insist I pay for a plastic card just to grant complete
strangers instant access to private information? Why does an English
high court judge, a Lord Justice Sedley, believe it would be “fairer”
if my genetic material, along with the DNA of everyone else who resides
in or visits Britain, was held on a giant database?

I could rearrange the questions. Why is someone always watching me?
Why is a supposedly democratic government obsessed with gathering
information about me? In both cases, part of the answer is either
downright scary or (I can't quite decide) profoundly offensive. The
presumption of innocence is being discarded. Everyone is a suspect.

Imagine if they posted two goons at your doorstep day and night.
Imagine if you were followed routinely on your way to work, if a minute
digital record was kept of your every pursuit, habit, purchase and
movement. A decent loyalty card can do the job, but at least you get
points in exchange for your soul. Govern-ment agencies prefer simply to
demand, and what they do not demand they take.

According to human right watchdog Liberty, the Home Office has spent
78% of its crime prevention budget on CCTV over the past decade or so.
The Home Office has not, meanwhile, spent much time establishing if
cameras deter crimes or detect crimes, perhaps because it can guess the
answer.

As of January 2004, in the most recent figures I could unearth,
4,285,000 of the little beasts were operational in the UK. That's 20%
of the planetary total. How does the rest of the world manage? On the
other hand, when did Britain become such a hell-hole as to require one
in five of all the surveillance cameras on earth?

If I have done nothing wrong, which is to say illegal, what I happen to
do is no-one's business. If my body language is being “assessed” by
some unseen operator for clues as to what might be going through my
mind, however, I am, whatever anyone pretends, being investigated as a
potential criminal. To be law-abiding is no longer an excuse.

And then there is DNA……

Read the complete article by Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald.

Its time to say no more. Its time to say get rid of this Orwellian society that NuLab has built.

THE REAL POLITICS IS NOW BETWEEN THE AUTHORITARIAN AND THE LIBERTARIAN

Privacy and the liberty of the person are much the same thing. Lose one
and you lose the other. If you do not think that's such a big deal,
consider this: once they're gone, they're gone for good. Console
yourself, if you like, with the thought that no harm can come to the
law- abiding. For them, that's not who you are. You are a crime waiting
to happen. Guilty until you can claw back your innocence.

NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.

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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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