CENSUS 2011 – the day you become State property

The Government has launched its Census 2011 campaign in the lead up to the biggest mass collection of personal and private data since the Doomsday Book.

The Census itself will take place on Sunday 27 March 2011. Any person present in your household on that day/night will have to answer a series of highly personal and invasive questions. In short it is State mandated Data Rape.

I, like many others totally oppose this intrusive questioning, going far beyond a simple population count, as another assault by the Database State to collect data about every facet of your personal and private lives.

Collecting the Data is only one side of this intrusion, the other is the Government’s proven inability to keep safe any personal data it collects, and in this case its ability to share your personal details with a whole raft of organisations, companies and interested parties.

To make matters worse, as highlighted by SpyBlog, ONS is claiming that it owns you:

All data is the property of the ONS and only UK/EU owned companies will have any access to personal census data.

No ! It is our data as individuals and residents of the UK, it does not belong to the the ONS !

Even then, the ONS claim rings hollow, they can share it far and wide:

Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 section 39. Confidentiality of personal information

(1) Subject to this section, personal information held by the Board in relation to the exercise of any of its functions must not be disclosed by–

(a) any member or employee of the Board,
(b) a member of any committee of the Board, or
(c) any other person who has received it directly or indirectly from the Board.


(4) Subsection (1) does not apply to a disclosure which–

(a) is required or permitted by any enactment,
(b) is required by a Community obligation,
(c) is necessary for the purpose of enabling or assisting the Board to exercise any of its functions,
(d) has already lawfully been made available to the public,
(e) is made in pursuance of an order of a court,
(f) is made for the purposes of a criminal investigation or criminal proceedings (whether or not in the United Kingdom),
(g) is made, in the interests of national security, to an Intelligence Service,
(h) is made with the consent of the person to whom it relates, or
(i) is made to an approved researcher.

In fact this data can and will be handed over, without penalty, to:

    the 56 geographical and 8 non-geographical UK Police Forces 

  • the three UK Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ), the Department for Work and Pensions,
  • private investigators working for the DWP hunting down “benefits cheats”,
  • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs tax investigators,
  • approved Insurance Industry “anti-fraud” investigators / private investigators,
  • the Home Office Borders and Immigration Agency,
  • the Serious Organised Crime Agency (either for domestic investigations into Serious Crimes, or for these and also for minor investigations if requested by a Foreign Law Enforcement agency under Mutual Legal Assistance treaties,
  • Lawyers in civil Court Cases e.g. for Divorce or Libel or Copyright Infringement etc.,
  • Local Authority Trading Standards departments,
  • Local Authority Environmental Health departments
  • etc. etc. etc.

N.B. none of these organisations should be allowed to have access to Census Data, if the idea of the census is to be comprehensive and inclusive of those groups in society who have every reason to fear and distrust the bureaucracy.

So, what can we do about it.

We can follow the advice of the Guardian and boycott the Census entirely, although this may make you liable for a £1000 fine for non compliance. (its the usual ‘you will comply or we will hurt you’ big brother style of government).

We can ignore certain aspects of the questioning as proposed by Archbishop Cranmer in his “ Mind your own *%$#@!! business ” campaign, although this is focusing on the religious questioning, and as kindly pointed out in the comments by His Grace, as this section is voluntary, should not attract a fine.

OR you can BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE, and simply change your name for the Census. I have produced a Census Deed Poll double pack especially for this event, which allows you to change your name by Deed Poll in time for the Census, so you can fill the form in using your new identity, and a second Deed Poll which will change your name back to your original (or any other name you choose) at any stage after the Census. There is a charge for this (yes, even I have to make a living) but it is one of the few legal ways in which you can totally make a nonsense of any data collected, especially if it is to be given to all and sundry.. and all perfectly legal under Common Law.

As for the rest of the questions… its entirely up to you whether you want to lie, obfuscate, tell half-truths.. but remember, this is the day you all become State property if you comply with their orders.

28/2/11. To the small army of government officials and civil servants reading this blog today, take this as notice that we the people are not taking your crap any longer. When your day of reckoning comes, your EU ‘partners’ will not come to your aid like Gadaffi’s mercenaries, they will have their own problems to contend with.

This could well be the final straw as the anger is palpable on the street. If Government want to stave off mass revolt they should seriously consider scrapping this Census completely.

The fight back has begun. #VColumn

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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  2. Bill says:

    Or you can just lay the blame for non delivery of the completed census form at the door of the Royal Mail.
    Whatever you are easier with but don’t hand over sensitive personal information to the state. Filling it in incorrectly will attract the attention of the ‘people who fine’.

    It’s worth pointing out that all of the temporary state employees who will administer this data rape will only be employed until August 2011 so beyond August the dust will have settled.

    • That unfortunately will attract a visit to your door, for you to fill in a new form in front of one of those useful idiots temporarily employed by the State.

      • Bill says:

        In that case should said knock should occur it will be met with the same silence that meets the crapitatvlbbc man, safestyle UK drones, who cannot read a ‘no cold calling sign’ put up by the council on a lamp post not twenty feet from my door and anyone else who knocks at my door. Even plod and their plastic alternatives get ignored.

        It’s all about knowing who you are. I am not my name and neither is anyone else no matter what the state says.

  3. Dear Mr IanPJ,

    His Grace thanks you for linking to his ‘MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS’ privacy campaign, but he is puzzled that you suggest that it may attract a fine. This is simply not true. To tick ‘Other’ in the religion option and insert ‘Mind Your Own’ is a legitimate and a legal expression of dissent. Indeed, the question itself is optional, so to tell the Govt to mind its own business is not in any sense a breach of the law.

    • Your Grace,

      please accept my apology for the misinterpretation. That the particular section was one of the very few voluntary questions had escaped my attention.

      Post updated to remove the notion of a fine for this item.

  4. Rossa says:

    If I remember correctly the last time THEY came round we didn’t answer any questions just agreed that there were the two of us in the house and signed whatever the form was. Hope we can get away with just doing this, this time.

  5. George Speller says:

    If you smoke why not declare it as a religion in the next census. Half a million Jedis are now recognised. We can do the same.

  6. Anoneumouse says:

    You can always camp out on that night

  7. jameshigham says:

    What if we’re not home?

    • You will unfortunately still get that knock on the door, they will view your absence simply as a form not filled in.

      One thing is clearly different about this census from previous ones. That is that the PTB have made ample legislative moves to be quite insistent and very punitive consequences for non compliance , and that they are going to be overly aggressive in ensuring that they get your personal data.

      Anyone would think it was payback for killing off the ID Cards Act…

      • Dave H says:

        Technically all the nasty little punishment stuff is the work of the previous lot, who were very good at putting in all those clauses so that if you didn’t do exactly what they told you to, you’d end up in court or worse. Some of what they were trying to push through this time last year was equally bad, if not worse.

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  9. WitteringWitney says:

    Picking up on JH and Anoneumouse – hows about I go out at 23:59 on 26th and return home at 00:01 on 28th? Technically, as there was no-one present at my address during the time stated, how can the Census be completed?

    Just asking, like?

  10. Anoneumouse says:

    Better still…I understand that ARAB has been added as an ethnicity option.

    How about…. we are all ARABS now.

    Today, I have decided that I am going to break the law and not fill it in.

  11. Mr Numba Cruncha says:

    I too have made the decision to be totally non compliant, the servile ones can knock on my door until august if they like, but I will not be entertaining them.

    I have no faith or trust in them anymore so the option of trying to somehow fudge the census form or avoid certain questions just doesn’t do it for me.

    Out of curiosity, how would they issue a fine if you have failed to supply your name etc?? Or shall i assume they already have my name, d.o.b and address readily prepared??

  12. Bill says:

    Lockheed Martin is doing the number crunching.

    All US-based companies are subject to the Patriot Act, which allows the US government to have access to any data in the company’s possession.

    It now does work for more than two dozen (US) government agencies from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s involved in surveillance and information processing for the CIA, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, the Census Bureau, and the Postal Service.

    “…when it comes to law-breaking: it ranks number one on the “contractor misconduct” database maintained by the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington-DC-based watchdog group.”

    Do you still want to comply?

  13. defender says:

    NOT responding to having your details took, is NOT unlawful.
    Should they use threats of any kind, DO NOT CONSENT.
    Even under torture, I will not submit.

  14. Iain says:

    You could always attach a post it note or staple a with compliments slip on which is written:

    “Please find enclosed the document containing the information your orwellian, totalitarian regime has extracted under duress and threat of extorting money.”

    Or put “911 Truth” as religion. Just to really p*** off the CIA when they get hold of it 🙂

  15. jameshigham says:

    I do agree with the others here that if you’re simply not there, they can’t do a lot. I plan to fill it in, except where I don’t wish to answer a question and won’t answer it. Then they can come to me over those questions if they wish and I’ll have a case prepared why I’m not answering them.

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  17. john; of the family hirst says:

    You could also become a Freeman, but you need to act fast…….http://www.freedomrebels.co.uk/

    Go to the READ THIS FIRST tab at the top.

    There are now over THREE THOUSAND of us, who abide by the COMMON LAW of this country.

    Thank you Mr Ian Parker-Joseph for your previous informations, and the one personal one some time ago, – that one has been of great help and assistance to me and our lass and we are extremely grateful. My apologies for inserting the link above – we are making extremely good progress in our fights.

    Best Regards, john; of the family hirst.

    EDITOR (IanPJ) NOTE: This comment is NOT from John Hirst (JailhouseLawyer), I checked.

  18. john; of the family hirst says:

    Thank you Ian, for pointing that out – I never thought of that one!!!

  19. George Speller says:

    Hmmm the page “has been tomporarily suspended”

  20. Peter Dewar-Finch says:

    THEY will have to get past my dogs first, kept in the dog run in front of the main entrance. I don’t think they would be stupid enough to push the point. Any census I receive in the mail will remain unopened and sent straight back to them marked “RETURN TO SENDER!”

  21. myself says:

    Do they have to provide an ‘oath’ if asked for one? (as the police do)

    I am sure if asked, half of them (the temps) wouldn’t remember and thus have no authority?

  22. Someone says:

    As far as I’m aware the threat is only for failing to fill out and return the form, they’ve not stated what you can use to fill out the form. How about invisible ink? Or what happens if it just “accidentally” fell into a full sink (or a shredder) before being returned.

  23. Nick says:

    By coincidence my wife and I have our holiday overseas booked from the 23rd March to 30th March, does this mean we are excused filling out the forms? In any event it is time to show Big Brother that we are sick and tired of their intrusion into our lives. The best way I know is to simply not co-operate with them. Rather like POW’s trying to escape, we wear the enemy out and drain their resources. Also my elderly parents are not capable of filling out the census without my guidance does that mean they will be fined too when nothing happens. I can see countless senior citizens overwhelmed with the endless questions into their personal lives.

  24. Rachel says:

    It’s really easy: if you want to fill it in, either because you’re scared of the repercussions of not doing so, or because you genuinely believe it will help society in some intangible and never-adequately-explained way, by all means do so. If you don’t want to comply, just put your form(s) in the bin as they arrive and let your closed door do the talking to any callers. Just like the 3 million other non-complying citizens (and 390,000 Jedi) did last time, without experiencing any adverse consequences. The only people who got prosecuted last time round were those that went out of their way to refuse in writing (thereby providing documentary evidence that can be used, rightly or wrongly, in court) or who got violent with form collectors instead of simply ignoring them – a total of 39 people. If you choose not to comply, and just treat the whole exercise with the contempt it deserves by roundly ignoring it until it ends 6 weeks after it starts, there’s not a lot that the authorities can or will do about it, whatever the unemployable cretins knocking on doors trying to harass you into filling in the forms may wish you to believe.

  25. Dave H says:

    Presumably at the end there will be a bit of boilerplate requiring signature with threats about providing inaccurate information. What happens if you delete that bit and initial the deletion, so you’ve returned a signed form but have explicitly not promised that the information is accurate. I guess it depends on whether the requirement for accuracy is in the law or on the form. And whether they notice…

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  27. sonya thomas says:

    ‘State mandated data rape’!!! Interesting casual use of the word ‘rape’.

    • Like most words in the English language it has more than one meaning. I never use words casually.

      rape 1 (rp)
      1. The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.
      2. The act of seizing and carrying off by force; abduction.
      3. Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice.
      tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes
      1. To force (another person) to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse; commit rape on.
      2. To seize and carry off by force.
      3. To plunder or pillage.
      [Middle English, from rapen, to rape, from Old French raper, to abduct, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]
      raper n.
      rape 2 (rp)
      A European plant (Brassica napus) of the mustard family, cultivated as fodder and for its seed that yields a valuable oil. Also called colza, oil-seed rape.
      [Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rpa, pl. of rpum, turnip.]
      rape 3 (rp)
      The refuse of grapes left after the extraction of the juice in winemaking.
      [French râpe, grape stalk, from Old French, from rasper, to scrape; see rasp.]

  28. Nick says:

    Received my Census form this morning. Jolly intrusive!

    In the bin of course!

  29. mg says:

    We could just fill in incorrect data, piss off people in 100 years time

  30. walter says:

    Name: of the Surname family
    c/o STREET,

    Office for National Statistics
    Government Buildings
    Cardiff Road
    South Wales
    NP10 8XG

    Notice of Conditional Acceptance and Request for Clarification

    Dear Ms. xxxxxxxxx,

    I write in response to the Census form received on –/–/2011.

    I must admit to being a little confused, it was my understanding that the census was instigated as a simple numerical count of the population; however, the information required in this census form far exceeds this mandate.

    I am happy to complete this census form subject to receipt of clarification of the following points.

    1. What law requires me to complete the census?
    2. From where does the Office for National Statistics derive the lawful authority to demand private information?
    3. Is there a limit to invasion of privacy?
    4. Is the Office for National Statistics lawfully authorised to demand Private property?
    5. How can we be penalised for failure to provide information
    6. Are there any circumstances whereby security agencies may access census information?
    7. Since census data be requested by law enforcement, can I not answer so as to not to incriminate myself?
    8. Since every government database has been hacked, leaked, lost or compromised in some fashion, how can the Office for National Statistics claim data security with any confidence?
    9. Is the Office for National Statistics responsible for mishandled data?
    10. What evidence do you have that I am a United Kingdom Resident?
    11. Can you confirm or deny that the census data will be handled by an American Arms Manufacturer Lockheed Martin?
    12. Can you confirm or deny that all U.S. companies are subject to the Patriot Act which allows the U.S. Government full access to any data in that company’s possession?
    13. Can you confirm or deny that the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 section 39 subsection 4 would allow disclosure of personal information to any and/or all o the following:
    • The 56 geographical and 8 non-geographical UK Police Forces.
    • The three UK Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ).
    • The Department for Work and Pensions.
    • Private investigators working for the Department for Work and Pensions to hunt down “benefits cheats”.
    • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs tax investigators.
    • “Approved” Insurance Industry “anti-fraud” investigators / private investigators.
    • The Home Office Borders and Immigration Agency.
    • The Serious Organised Crime Agency (either for domestic investigations into Serious Crimes, or for these and also for minor investigations if requested by a Foreign Law Enforcement agency under Mutual Legal Assistance treaties.
    • Lawyers in civil Court Cases e.g. for Divorce or Libel or Copyright Infringement etc.
    • Local Authority Trading Standards departments.
    • Local Authority Environmental Health departments.

    Please provide your response in the form of a Statement of Truth, sworn under penalty of perjury and upon your full commercial liability within seven (7) days of receipt of this notice, I respectfully return your census form until such time as these conditions are met.
    If I do not receive such a response conforming to the above criteria within, it will be deemed a tacit agreement by your acquiescence that this census is unlawful and that I have no obligation to participate.

    Sincerely without malice, ill will, vexation or frivolity

    By: Name: of the Surname family
    All Rights Reserved – Without Prejudice – Without Recourse – Non-Assumpsit
    Errors & Omissions Excepted

  31. AB says:

    I am totally opposed to the questions and prying nature of the census forms, and much more now as the questions become more personal and seemingly more irrelevant. I did not fill out the 2001 Census or the one before that, and I am now in a dilemma about this one. Unlike before, I am now married with 4 children and that puts a kind of different slant on things. If I was still single I would not be filling out the 2011 form and I would just never be available for comment. It’s much easier to be evasive when you are single or have a partner with views as strong as your own with no children, but as my wife is not as strong minded as I, (afraid of the bully state) the problem now is she would be telling lies if I remained off the form and she signed it as the main householder with her details and the children’s. Any ideas how to get around this one!

    I’ve thought of saying on the 26th March that I’m leaving her and never coming back!!!!!!! just so when she filled the form in I was actually gone for 24hrs and I could then say I changed my mind about coming back to be with the family, The softy I am!

    Would that work? as at the time she was under the impression I was never going to return.

    The problem if my wife also fails to fill in the form is that with 4 children playing out in the garden it’s kind of difficult to hide from the state bullies.

    See my problem……………….Help!

    Any comments most welcome please.


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  33. AB says:

    I have just found a brilliant legal loophole………………so, I’m home and dry.

    The form was designed by people who thought they have all the avenues covered.

    Except they didn’t

    Good luck to all out there.


  34. Arty says:

    Care to share this loophole?

  35. AB says:

    Hi Arty
    I will but unfortunately after the event I’m afraid. It is possible that if this is common knowledge they could possibly close it up fairly swiftly to suit themselves in the form of some amendment or rewording at source.

    I know most of the forms are out in circulation now but the legislation to close this loophole of not requiring to give details could be done without changing the wording or instructions on the actual forms themselves.

    So, I would love to share it, but the very nature of this mechanism goes completely undetected and therefore is not something that will ever come to light. They have actually handed it to us without realising it. It would surprise me if I was the only one to crack this. However, my profession does have it’s uses in looking at things in a very strict and logical manner. If I don’t get my job right it just plane doesn’t work and it will fall out of the sky.

    It took me some hours of thought in silence to figure it out though. I’m sure if you are serious enough you can figure it out too, I can’t even give you a pointer as they will no doubt be crawling all over any clue I give as I am sure this thread is read by them too.

    Ask a serious electronics design engineer as that is what I am.

    It was actually the lack of response I got to my post asking for any ideas that put the bit between my teeth. I normally get paid for figuring out this stuff!

    Good luck Sir.


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  37. mothernurse says:

    I love the letter you have kindly provided. I have written to ONS (not actually using your letter but including it) forbidding them to use my data for anything other than what is legal and proper. I also protested about Lockheed Martin. And no, I am not so naive as to think it will change anything; I just wanted them to KNOW! I am so pissed off being seen as a mere serf.

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