For rank hypocrisy, look no further than the Government’s inconceivable decision to make it a criminal offence – punishable with a jail term of up to 10 years – to take a picture of a policeman.
Everywhere we go, the police – under instruction from Ministers – are watching our every move.
There are more than four million CCTV cameras in the UK, the largest number in the world. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras follow our every car journey, and officers are now routinely deployed at major public gatherings with cameras on their helmets.
Police are even beginning to insist that pubs – as a condition of being granted a licence – install CCTV cameras to watch their regulars having a drink.
Our movements are also being tracked using our genetic fingerprints, long after we have left the scene. Hundreds of thousands of people never convicted of any offence now have their DNA stored on the Government’s Big Brother database – the largest in the world.
Yet do the police (or at least their Government masters) mind us watching them in return? Absolutely not. That would never do.
The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000 has been used to stop a staggering 62,584 people at railway stations. Another 87,000 were questioned under separate ‘stop and search’ and ‘stop and account’ legislation.
One schoolboy was even held as a terror suspect for taking photographs of a railway station during a school geography field trip.
Of course, we should not be surprised that the defence for this latest draconian step is counter-terrorism.
Remember, throughout HISTORY, governments have used fear as a pretext for imposing the worst kind of tyranny/ slavery on the population. That is what is happening, nothing less, and if you want more information, read Ian Parker-Joseph’s blog.
This is not a joke. This is deadly serious…