Thursday, August 13, 2009

Government plans CCTV surveillance in 20,000 homes

Orwell was right. The prophet of tyrannical state omnipotence foresaw all that we are enduring under this liberty-eradicating Labour government, which has made the UK the most spied upon nation in the world – even ahead of China.

Not content with CCTV on every street corner, the retention of all telephone records and emails, the incessant snooping into one’s internet viewing, or plans to issue every citizen with an ID card, the Government is about to force thousands of ‘problem’ families in the country to live with 24-hour CCTV surveillance ‘in a bid to cut back on child abuse and neglect’.

Apparently, 2000 families are already monitored in this fashion: the plan is to extend it to 20,000 at a total estimated cost of £400million.

Under these ‘Family Intervention Projects’, parents will be monitored to make sure children go to bed on time, eat proper meals and attend school.

And Ed Balls wants to see such projects in every local authority area ‘because every area has families that need support’.


Is that now the euphemism for spying?

According to a recent report, the UK has a staggering 4.2 million CCTV cameras – representing 20 per cent of the world’s cameras globally. And they are all watching us in the name of ‘safety’ and for our ‘support’.

With the nationalisation of MPs and the state funding of the nation’s politics, our state-assured safety and state-contracted support amount to nothing more than a dictatorship of conditions and compulsions. And not only in the behavioural sphere, but also in the realm of thought. For no doubt these families will have their television-viewing monitored in order to ensure compliance with the ‘correct’ media diet of moderation, neutrality and relativism.

And no doubt the Thought Police will swoop down on any family which dares to express politically or religiously ‘incorrect’ views.

New Labour. New Britain.
O brave new world.


Blogger Gnostic said...

And Cameron is going to change this how?

13 August 2009 at 09:48  
Blogger dutchlionfrans1953 said...

Who is checking all those data? That must be an enormous job, requiring many (extra) people, and hundreds of millions of tax-money. Money that could be used for far better things!

13 August 2009 at 10:34  
Blogger Demetrius said...

Today in the Anglican Communion is that of the celebration of the life of Dr. Jeremy Taylor. His beliefs relating to family and community, and responsibilities are a world away those of our rulers. Perhaps we could do with more of his ideas than our latter day assumptions.

13 August 2009 at 10:35  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

First the socialists attack moral values to a point where our children do not know their left hand from their right so that abuse, neglect, violence multiply in the home and on the street.

The Government, rather than promoting Judaeo-Christian values that have stood this country well for over a thousand years, passes laws criminal and civil that ensure our faith is suppressed in the public square.

The Government, having trashed the Christian faith and its values then casts around for solutions to multiple social problems – which the application if its ideology created in the first place.

Its first solution was to pass one law for every day that it has been in office. That failed.

Its next solution was to increase taxation to finance the enforcement of its social and criminal legislation. That failed.

It then installed millions of cameras on our streets to deter criminality. That failed.

Now it seeks to install cameras in our homes. We ask: upon what grounds are we to be robbed of our privacy?

Back comes the reply from the State, ‘…because every area has families that need support.’

What kind of ‘support’ is it where teams of officials from the State watch you in your own home, in your own living-room; where, once you have crossed the threshold, the office or the factory mask that you have worn all day is supposed to fall off?

‘Need’! The State official barks!

‘Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.’

William Pitt 1759-1806
Speech, Hansard 18 November 1783, col. 1209

13 August 2009 at 10:42  
Blogger Dave said...

Maybe this will be compulsory for anyone signing up to a life on benefits?

The future is bleak

13 August 2009 at 11:42  
OpenID scottspeig said...

Is this the same story as before? As Ed Balls responded to this saying that he did not mention CCTV. Rather, the "problem families" will be put moved into a centre with 24hr surveillance.

Still boils down to a step on this road of Orwellian society, just a little bit slower!

Hopefully DC will reverse some of this CCTV surveillance in the country!

13 August 2009 at 12:20  
Anonymous Pat said...

Well every local authority area has a number of councilors living in it, most have MPs and some even have cabinet ministers- so Mr. Balls is absolutely correct. Someone just has to ensure that the right homes are monitored- and something tells me that this is something I would rather not delegate to Mr. Balls.

13 August 2009 at 12:26  
Anonymous len said...

New labour has made Orwells nightmare vision of the future a reality.

If you were to intentionally devise a system for destroying society you could not do better than New labour.

13 August 2009 at 13:23  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Has Your Grace forgotten to take his soma, Brave New World was of course Huxley not Orwell, for me the more intuitive author of the two, one would so hate to be a Delta.

13 August 2009 at 13:51  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Recusant,

Of course, His Grace knew that.

But 'New Labour; New Britain; New 1984' didn't quite work for him.

13 August 2009 at 13:56  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

People often wonder why New Labour is oppressive. It is because it believes (mistakenly) that there are only two sets of political values (in a materialistic world-view).

In October 2006 The Spectator published an article by David Miliband entitled Cameron’s Substance is Nonsense.

In that article Miliband is exceptionally clear that there are two paths open to the State regarding individual freedom.

One path is the freedom of the market model. The other is State action (‘social justice’). Whichever path a government selects to exercise, there are consequences.

This is what Miliband, writing remarkably candidly, said:

‘In the end any Conservative party worth its salt has to dispute the core propositions of social justice. The reason is simple. As Friedrich Hayek explained very clearly 50 years ago, once you admit that social justice is the central purpose of political and moral life, then you are damned to a slippery slope of collective action that is contrary to a world view based on personal freedom.’

Blair and after him Brown selected the ‘social justice’ model (collectivist). The consequence, ‘paradoxically’, is socialist oppression.

What is remarkable about Miliband’s observation is this: he clearly accepted, as a price to pay, that collective action (by the State) damns individual freedom.

13 August 2009 at 13:56  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

It is time there was a campaign of direct action to destroy cctv cameras, as Captain Gatso was doing with speed cameras (is he still doing it?). Perhaps some public-spirited person is already secretly working on this.

13 August 2009 at 14:17  
Anonymous WannabeAnglican said...

Hey, I thought Max Headroom was just fiction!

(In MH, all households were monitored through their TVs, which they were required to keep on at all times.)

13 August 2009 at 14:21  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

The Telegraph's Martin Beckford wrote about an early attempt to do this last year - and they got it wrong then.

What voyeuristic abuses will occur when the authorities (undoubtedly a new quango) have 20,000 cases to monitor?

13 August 2009 at 16:13  
Blogger Dissenter said...

'but they would not listen, for it was the will of the Lord to slay them'

(written of Eli's wicked sons Hophni and Phineas who refused to repent of their gluttony, fornication and blasphemy) i don't have a Bible to hand but i think that's from the first book of Samuel.

I think as a nation we're circling the drain, and do you know what, I think it serves us right.

On the subject of George Orwell, he wrote in his book 'Homage to Catalonia' (on his return wounded from the Spanish civil war) about us '...sleeping the deep, deep sleep of England, from which I fear we will not awake until we are jerked out of it buy the roar of bombs.'

13 August 2009 at 16:21  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...


Dave will make Web Cameron a compulsory policy for everyone.

I want Tv cameras in my house, evryone else has got them. Can you get free webcam vouchers if you are on JobSeekers?

13 August 2009 at 16:25  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

I think a good addition to this system would be electronic collars that attack your nervous system by inflicting agonising pain when you are in violation of the new world order.

You could have a little machine in the bathroom where you poke your hand insidie and it administers the necessary level of soma as deemed to be required by the monitoring system. Failure to insert arm in hole would result in pain.

I cant wait. It's all complete Utopia.

13 August 2009 at 16:31  
Anonymous Maturecheese said...

Unfortunately, I believe that an authoritarian state is inevitable whomever is in power, be it LIB LAB CON or even BNP. The only way we would even stand a chance of the Freedoms that we used to enjoy, would be if the population was nearly halved and maybe the borders strictly controlled.

My reasoning for this is the country would be under far less stresses and strains and conditions for less state control would exist. Clearly, short of a holocaust, God Forbid, this is unlikely to happen so we had better get used to it or leave.

13 August 2009 at 17:39  
Anonymous not a machine said...

It will no doubt be another form of cash generation for companies charged with project. Whilst many on here quote Orwells and Huxleys visons of socialism/marxism , you just need to consider your Christian beliefs when you look at this Labour goverment, to see that they have corrupted our country.

What other party would hand over the behavoir of people to an all seeing political godless eye !!.

If the problems of problem families are in the mind , how will a silent oberving camera help them ?? Perhaps the goverment can make some money by streaming them live on TV .

But isnt this a version of prison , when the crime has been for the state to undermine , personal upholding of morals and laws to as near as the orwellian set up as possible.

Ed Balls clearly shows s what his mind will impose on the troubles of Labour voters , the funney thing is I doubt any labour voters believe a thing this government says anymore .

13 August 2009 at 17:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maturecheese - " we had better get used to it or leave."
Mmm. But outside is where these ideas came from - just look at it: Hayek, Freud, Marx, Engels, Gramsci, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Lacan, Hegel, Derrida, Benjamin, Brecht etc etc!!! And then the disciples of all those resounding, impressive names came here and took over our politics - and now purport to represent us (Miliband, for a start).

So the really big trouble is that there's no point in leaving because
what they've done is impose the outer world on us. What they've done is bring us into line with the rest of the world. What we used to have was our own, but they've blasted that into fragments and thence to perdition!

OK - Christianity wasn't ours ... but we processed and used the best, and it made our own over the millennia. So bombs and forceful invasions kept failing; and then they set about us this way with resounding success!!

And it is our own fault... for igoring all the people with the vision to see what happens if we don't stay true to our own. Literature has shown the dynamics forever- first in the Biblical texts; [the Middle Ages are a bit esoteric] More saw it (admittedly as a papist); Shakespeare saw it (Hence the BNW quote from 'The Tempest'); Conrad saw it; even Margery Allingham saw it, along with many others. Orwell and Huxley were only the latest and most obvious: they actually spelled it out, presumably having sat in on all the commie confabs while they were at university.

Surveillance and invasion of privacy: Well. Grow up, why don't we! That's about being modern and sophisticated. Even if the state don't appropriate it, other organizations probably will, especially if they're driven by organized crime. It's the little electronic god "technology" - you see.

wv: donansi!!! Maybe I shouldn't have!!!

13 August 2009 at 18:42  
Blogger ZZMike said...

WannabeAnglican: "(In MH, all households were monitored through their TVs, which they were required to keep on at all times.)

You're thinking of "Fahrenheit 451" (Ray Bradbury, 1953).

On the other hand, this must surely help the unemployment problem - think of all the people needed to monitor all these cameras. Pretty soon it will be one watcher and one watched. (But quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Simple. Mr A watches Mr B, for the benefit of the Ministry of Conformity, while Mr B watches Mr A, for the benefit of the Ministry of Right Behaviour.)

Frugal Dougal: "What voyeuristic abuses will occur when the authorities (undoubtedly a new quango) have 20,000 cases to monitor?"

Simple - we set up a webcam website and make it Pay-Per-View. Budget deficit solved.

13 August 2009 at 18:43  
Blogger OldSouth said...

When I first saw this tidbit arriving by email some days ago, I thought: 'Oh, dear. Another Urban Legend is making the rounds.'

Not to question your integrity, Mr. Cranmer, but are you certain that this report is accurate?

It really sounds and feels like some sort of planted 'prank story'.

13 August 2009 at 20:06  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Thankfully, there are no cctv cameras on the grouse shoot ! (though doubtless we shall soon have a grouse shoot quango or regulator). This socialist government is beyond it and I can't wait for them to be booted out !

13 August 2009 at 20:10  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Jim Bartlet: "Gnostic

Dave will make Web Cameron a compulsory policy for everyone.

I want Tv cameras in my house, evryone else has got them. Can you get free webcam vouchers if you are on JobSeekers?"

I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. Cameron is another green loony who believes in windmill power. You can't run Web Camerons or spycams on candle wax...

13 August 2009 at 20:13  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

At least windmills look nice. better that than the horrible turbines which the govt is forcing upon the countryside in order to appease the Green Fundamentalists .

13 August 2009 at 22:31  
Anonymous Adrian Peirson said...

The decay of our Society has been planned, the Baby P incident is as much the fault of people like Ed Balls and the BBC managers as the parents.
This is all very deliberate, they have caused this to happen.

Anti British Psychological Warfare

13 August 2009 at 23:15  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Just imagine the reaction if a Conservative government proposed this. The BBC would be on the attack from day one.

13 August 2009 at 23:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

The silly season populated by clowns and wombats once again, I do love the BBC!

14 August 2009 at 00:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His grace may recall, that one of the reasons Sir Winston Churchill fell from grace and lost the elections after WW2 was his insistence that to make socialism work. You would have to place a member of the Gestapo behind every person in the country.That is now what they are doing!

14 August 2009 at 11:38  
Blogger Arden Forester said...

It all sounds to ghastly for words. Who is currently monitoring the existing 2000 screens. Perverts in reverse? "Daddy just farted!" and all the rest is going to be heard by morose individuals, trying to tick a box on a page.

Have they got cameras in the bedrooms? "God, she's at it again! Different bloke, an' all. Nother kid on the way. Tell social, then, eh?"

I've had enough some days!

14 August 2009 at 12:12  
OpenID jobtwenteewun1to3 said...

A moral vacuum can not last long. Social anarchy and an 'everyman shall do whatever he pleases attitude' will not prevail. There must be some sense of social order that we as a people are more or less agreed on. The most preferable way of acheiving this is via personal internal restraint. This is what our Judeo Christian heritage has provided us for hundreds of years. When that restraint is gone, which it largely now has in the UK then the only option is external constraint........ hence the sort of Orwellian nightmare under consideration here.

ZZ Mike - "Fahrenheit 451" (Ray Bradbury, 1953)..... what a great read this book is.

14 August 2009 at 20:07  
Anonymous Voyager said...

the Government is about to force thousands of ‘problem’ families in the country to live with 24-hour CCTV surveillance

Will Labour MPs get cameras in all three homes ?

15 August 2009 at 07:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son married a Muslim in a Muslim ceremony in Singapore. My wife was sitting right beside me when the Cadi took the religious service, held in a special part of the registry office. In the reception and at the photos (very important!), men and women mixed freely. I don't think that this is anything more than a personal decision by the bride and groom, in which case, it is surely good manners to go along with their desires on their special day?

15 August 2009 at 07:39  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

I believe the Baby P case and others is to nudge us into adopting Mob Rule.
Our political elites are looking for ways they can get rid of future political dissidents, a few false accusations and mob rule will do nicely, at the moment they are setting the stage for us to descend into Mob rule, which is \why Jack straw likes putting the personal details of criminals on public record.

Ideological Judges Replacing British Law, drip, drip drip

16 August 2009 at 01:48  
Blogger videolost said...

more cameras more video

24 August 2009 at 22:32  

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