Friday, 1 October 2010

Britain's CCTV Policy

Earlier today, I was about to write about the pathetic 'apology' given by a certain Chief Constable on television last night, when I noticed a fellow blogger had voiced my thoughts and with some accuracy.

This country is divided: I don't care who denies it because I know it to be true - and it will become more so when our security forces (police service) continue given precedence to minority cultures without protest from the majority.  It would appear Muslims are exempt from CCTV and the majority of the country are not.  Isn't that against my human rights?  Why should I be watched yet not listened to when I object?

The UK is a laughing stock.


Apogee said...

Hi SR. In this land that is what is known as equality.But then ,as we well know, some are more equal than others.

subrosa said...

Hi Apogee. Of course some are a lot more equal than others. Pensioners are less equal than most.

Dramfineday said...

How does that work SR? I'm exempt from CCTV camera's because......? And if that is the case no doubt an exemption can be claimed from Airport searches?

Which, incidently, was one of the factors I took into account when deciding to give up and take EVR. As a frequent (very) flyer I began to develop a loathing of airport security and one morning, having divested my self of overcoat, suit jacket, computer bag (take out the computer) I was then asked to take my belt and shoes off. It was as if this white haired, pale faced old buftie had become the enemy of the state! Anyway I complied as requested but with a jolt, suddenly realised I had undone my trousers and had opened the front. The security person had got as far as saying "no...." An oops moment indeed. It dawned on me later that I was probably stressed so I took one of life's big steps and bailed out of the rat race. I only go to airports now for the occasional holiday but I still feel very uncomfortable. No amount of reassurance that this is for my personal safety will convince me otherwise so thanks to the various governments and their contributions to making life more difficult for it's citizens, CCTV and all.

RMcGeddon said...

There's not much point having cctv cameras in 'muslim areas' anyway. Half the population are in burkhas and so unrecognisable. The other half all share the same cars and general dress sense so it's impossible to tell who is who. Driving licences and car keys are left on the mantlepiece for anyone to use in the family allegedly. It's especially impossible to tell who is driving if the lady is wearing the veil
Oh and if by a miracle you ever got them in court for something it would be fought all the way to the ECHR and dropped.

Apogee said...

Hi SR, Hi Dram, not having done as much flying as yourself,my flying was partly in the era before all this security started and I know where you are coming from.It has got totally crazy. And yet, 99.9% of it all comes from people,not of one country,but of one RELIGION,and is caused by the attitude of this Religion to ANY person not believing the same.To put it bluntly, Islam would appear to be declaring war on the rest of the world,'do as we want or be killed'seems the way of it.We know from history appeasement does not work,remember 'Danegeld' they always come back for more.We had better get a grip on the situation now or it will walk all over us,we are being warned,time we and our political leaders woke up, we may well have to change the leaders ideas, or change the leaders.

K said...

Yet again you leap off at the deep end without checking your facts.

The Chief Constable did not apologise for the fact that CCTV cameras were installed in a "Muslim" area.

The Chief Constable's apology was for the fact that, although West Midlands police had told residents the mix of CCTV and number plate recognition devices was to tackle anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime, in reality the cameras were not used for local policing. They were controlled by the counter-terror unit, with no facility for local supervision.

Chief Constable apologises for lying.

Seems fair enough to me.

RMcGeddon said...


That actually sounds worse. How are we going to control terrorism if the Chief Constable now has to warn muslims that they are being watched for terrorism ?
And if he doesn't warn them in advance then he will have to apologise.
Hopefully our special services are able to spy on them anyway through secret cameras and infiltration. But naughty Chief Constable must not lie just to save us being attacked.
Word of the day....

subrosa said...

What's EVR Dram? You're confusing me these days - must be me. :)

I really don't mind airport security but I seldom fly these days. Can quite understand your irritation with it though, because doing it repeatedly would irritate me too.

Like you, none of it makes me feel safer. We never read anyone's been caught with weapons/incendiary devices etc do we?

subrosa said...

What a waste of public money though RM.

subrosa said...

Hi Apogee. Interesting comments.

subrosa said...

No K, I haven't leapt off the deep end yet but I agree I'm not far from it at times. :)

Mmm, you must have been watching another news programme to me and if that's what you heard then I'm surprised you haven't questioned his comments.

Be aware, the CC would have been informed CCTV was being installed on his patch, whether it was by the likes of Serco or whoever. It's taken him 3 months to explain. Goodness, I didn't realise excuses take so long to plan these days.

subrosa said...

Dram, especially for you. This is how you do it:

Let them intimidate you!

Dramfineday said...

EVR - Early Voluntary Retirement / redundancy SR. In short, I pulled the ejector seat handle and got out. I've now got a little part time job with no flying, no hastle and no intrusive searching. Better still, since I'm no longer seen as a liability but an asset, when I produce stuff, people are genuinely pleased with the outcomes. (Used to work for a large telecommunications company that once valued it's people but now considers them to be little better than share price reducing fodder). OK, I have to watch the pennies now but not getting up at four in the morning to get the first shut eye to London is brill.

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