Census Customer Services.
Dear Sir or Madam
Re; 2011 Census.
This morning I have received your Census Questionnaire and having read it, and on matters of principle I am inclined towards not entering the information it demands.
Mr first reason is under the Westminster model I have no sense of living within a democratic framework that is worthy of the title.
Perhaps, if your questionnaire had included such generic questions the statistics gleaned from them would have more relevance.
The second is related to the first, namely you apply the vigour of the law to responding to a census yet the right not to vote in the democratic process is left to the conscience, or apathy, of the individual.
The third is my doubt, whatever the threatened retributions, that you will gather a true set of data figures from the great unwashed, the disenfranchised or the disillusioned. While I have no doubt you will have clever statistical formula which claim to square this circle of averaging averages the result will still be skewed.
And even if some of the above do fill the necessary boxes I doubt if the ‘facts’ entered are compatible with truth. And that’s mainly because few give the combination of trust and governance any credence.
My fourth reason is due to my understanding that it is an American company that is collecting and collating this information? If that is true, I am highly sceptical of the data collected not being used on the data - markets for purely commercial purposes.
I may be naive but I do not consider any government has the right to market its citizenry.
Finally you claim these censuses create the benchmarks for services such as health, education and local governance throughout the country. I doubt if they do in any tangible way other than to add to the plethora of doubtful statistics that are used to fog deceit and abuse reason. How else do you explain the knee jerk reactions to adopt PFI schemes? Or acting as mercenaries by initiating wars for global conglomerates. Or putting their citizenry in hock and increasing their penury in order to save the idiotic investments and portfolios of financial alchemists and their shady (fraudulent) institutions.
Where did your statistics apply, when pensions plans suddenly under performed, or when the shock horror of people having the audacity to live longer was transposed into the idiotic requirement to save more and work for longer within a system that has already failed in its commitments; where wages in real terms have been static for nigh on thirty years; where employment is no longer for life but is reduced to a contract term possibly renewable in months; and where contentment and aspiration is measured by the ability to service debt.
So in what way will your statistical exercise help to clarify or advance the complexities of human interactions and the requirements they have by right for competent and compassionate democratic governance.
For now what I need to know is how long I can be jailed for if I refuse to fill in the questionnaire. The amount of Fine doesn’t matter since I’d refuse to pay it – just the maximum term I may have to serve?
I could do with the holiday.