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Paranoia over a simple snap

PEOPLE like to get in a panic about surveillance equipment and the so-called Big Brother society.

PEOPLE like to get in a panic about surveillance equipment and the so-called Big Brother society.

The most ludicrous argument I heard against CCTV was that it could be turned to evil ends if “the fascists” ever got in.

By that token we wouldn’t even have a police force, in case Oswald Mosley was planning a comeback tour.

Personally I’m not bothered if on a tape, in a cellar, there’s some grainy footage of me walking down Solihull High Street.

Even if the blackshirts did claim power, I’m not sure what dark purpose they could have for a clip of me going into Waterstone’s.

What worries me is quite the opposite, the number of places where taking photos or film is prohibited.

Last week, a blogger was arrested for a “public order offence” because they refused to stop filming a council meeting.

Police were called and the lady in question was driven over 30 miles to the station - where she spent several hours in a cell.

Surely drastic measures to keep the contents of the Carmarthenshire County Council planning agenda off Youtube.

Closer to a home, there was a rumpus at the HS2 roadshow, in Balsall Common, where a visitor was told he couldn’t take photos.

And don’t forget all the schools which have banned parents filming their children’s nativity play - pure paranoia!

 

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