"Truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter. A loss of courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days..." Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Commencement address at Harvard University , June 8, 1978

Sunday, 24 January 2010


I hope that you are ready for your every move to be monitored, because the government plan on using unmanned drones similar to the ones used in Afghanistan to spy on drivers, campaigners, agricultural thieves and fly tippers.

This despicable act is being carried by various government agencies led by Kent police, and they have commissioned arms manufacturer BAE systems to adapt the military style plan for civilian use. The aim is to have them ready for use by the 2012 Olympics.

This is a great attack on our civil liberties and another move towards a Big Brother state. And if you are hoping that maybe it will be just Kent police who will sign up to this totalitarian scheme, then I am afraid I am going to burst your bubble. Five other police forces have signed up to the scheme, which, if the governments planes go accordingly, could become a nationwide adoption.

These drones, in my personal opinion, have nothing to do with crime fighting, or policing, and everything to do with spying on the average Joe. I admit that crime in this country has increased over the years, but by having a drone overhead is not going to lower this figure. If you remember, the government once said that CCTV helped prevent crime, but this was proven, time and time again, to be a lie, and in actual fact, CCTV is useless in crime prevention. What would be much more beneficial is if we had real community policing. None of this PCSO nonsense, I mean coppers on the beat, doing what they are meant to do, instead of being behind desks , leaving us with useless PCSO's who don’t even have the right to make arrests or detain suspects.

If the government really wanted to tackle the crime that riddles our towns, however, then what is needed is a reintroduction of corporal punishment; we need to restore social cohesion and respect instead of these stupid and invasive schemes. We would instead employ down to earth and realistic solutions, and be practical about what is needed. And we need never need to infringe on the British Peoples civil liberties in such a way to help with crime solving.

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