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December 23, 2005

Bye Bye Freedom

As seen in The Independent and Crooked Timber yesterday, The Telegraph reports on the scheme to monitor the movements of each and every car in the country.

A massive increase in the number of roadside cameras able to identify and track every British-registered car is planned for next year.

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will run alongside the CCTV system already in place throughout the country.

Joy unconfined, eh? A tattooed barcode on every forehead, CCTV on every corner and each and every car tracked.

Sorry, just too depressing to get worked up about. Fuck’em. I left 15 years ago, perhaps some others might want to do the same thing.

December 23, 2005 in Your Tax Money at Work | Permalink

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I don't think anyone not living in this Stalinist hell-hole can have the slightest idea how difficult surviving here from day to day really is. I have no doubt that I must leave but it's just a case of summoning up the courage to amek the move. These bastards really are approaching Nazi levels of vileness.

Posted by: Mark Sparrow | Dec 23, 2005 9:46:34 AM

Sometime you lot come across as the mirror image of the people you hate the most - you sound like a Guardian columnist getting hysterical about consumer society - just different subject matter.

I think I'll stay in Blighty and tough it out in the Nazi Stalinist state, while shadowy figures tracking my every move.

It's a database - they'll use it to run queries if they're looking for something specific. Relax.

Posted by: Paddy Carter | Dec 23, 2005 10:13:02 AM

It's a matter of principle. Yes it's just a harmless database today but none of us knows where it will end up. Plenty of jews registered their ethnicity in the early days of Hitler's rule. I'll bet when they filled the forms in they didn't realise they were signing their own death warrants. Of course I don't mean to compare the Holocaust with what is happing here, but there has been a striking tendency in the past decade for the state to start taking liberities with our personal freedom. I just want to be left alone.

Posted by: Mark Sparrow | Dec 23, 2005 10:24:09 AM

Of course they will be querying something specific. It'll be SELECT SUM(MilesTravelled) * TaxPerMile FROM Journeys GROUP BY VehicleRegistration (or some such thing) and then send you all a nice fat tax bill. This database is likely to be a precursor to by-the-mile or by-the-road charging.

Oh, and make sure you don't drive by when a crime is happening too, cause then you'll have to explain what you were doing in the area.

Finally, hope that terrorists don't find out from it the routes that nuclear waste trucks or somesuch take.

Posted by: Ian Darling | Dec 23, 2005 10:26:58 AM

Ah, that's a thought. The introduction of usage-based road tax, to replace the current flat-rate regime. Something many right-wing economists are in favour of.

Nice one.

Tim adds: Yes, but there are ways of doing it without creating the database of where every car (and thus person) has been.

Posted by: Paddy Carter | Dec 23, 2005 11:07:23 AM

Slightly O/T, but Tim, I notice that the Bush Administration has outlined its legal defence for intercepting phonecalls between legal US citizens on American soil.
http://www.nationalreview.com/pdf/12%2022%2005%20NSA%20letter.pdf
It has, surprisingly in my opinion, gone for the 'wartime president can do what he likes without judicial review' argument. Perhaps the Bushitler people were (inadvertantly) right all along!

Posted by: Rub-a-dub | Dec 23, 2005 3:17:33 PM

Simple solution - get rid of your car and buy a bicycle, or use the bus!

Posted by: Natalie Bennett | Dec 25, 2005 2:19:43 PM