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Monday, June 09, 2008

Hot House

Look! It's a big pink hash house. And apparently this isn't a trailer for a new children's telly show (oh how I wish it were). It's actually a 'new technique' being used by police to detect "cannabis factories" through thermal imaging.

How many 88 year old grannies 'feeling the cold' do you think will be arrested by knacker in riot gear before they realise this plan might have a few flaws?


Ron said...

The UK strikes me as one of the more "Big Brother" types of Security States right now. What separates it from say, China, is that the people actually have a say in how they are governed. Or rather, the people have the ability to have a say. Whether or not the ability is exercised, and to what extent is is resisted or restricted, is up to debate I'm sure.

But if you'll indulge me for a moment and allow me to quote from a document that is traditionally recognized as being.. well.. very anti-British (apologies):

"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...when a long train of abuses and usurpations...evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government..."

-Excerpted from the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Of course, I'm not recommending revolution, but I am under the impression that it may indeed be time for voters to exercise their ability to at least make their voices heard, if not actually make a change, just as it is here in the US. Labour's time has come and gone, but honestly, trading one party for another really just puts new drapes on the same dirty windows.

There's no good way to force people to be interested enough in politics to create a change. But then again, there's no good way to keep Big Brother from stalking every law-abiding citizen of the Crown unless the people voice their dissatisfaction and, in turn, effect a change through their power to vote.

Now, having said all of that, it would be really, really funny to be a fly on the wall when the police smash down the door of granny's warm house while looking for pot, or terrorists, or pot-smoking terrorists.

Jo said...

Please, don't apologise for quoting from the Declaration of Independence. Even at the time, all the best people (I'm thinking Thomas Payne) thought it was a jolly good idea.
Colonialism was never really this country's most admirable achievement, let's face it.

But I'm disappointed you're not advocating revolution: why ever not?