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Bart Simpson in trouble again!

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Bart Simpson

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July 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

New government only provides new management of torture

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Classified documents reveal no real libertarian intents

So David Miliband, the South Shields MP, may well continue to feel some heat over the last Labour government’s position on torturing our own citizens and “rendering” them to third countries where the real question remains whether “detention, rather than killing, is the objective of the operation”, but today’s article in the Guardian also reveals that despite Clegg and Cameron making all sorts of sweet sounds about liberal free thinking principles, in reality the status quo will be maintained.

Cameron also made clear that the sort of material that has so far been made public with the limited disclosure in the Guantánamo cases would be kept firmly under wraps during the inquiry. “Let’s be frank, it is not possible to have a full public inquiry into something that is meant to be secret,” he said. “So any intelligence material provided to the inquiry panel will not be made public and nor will intelligence officers be asked to give evidence in public.”

Right, let’s keep everything under wraps in case we are seen to be collaborating in various methods of torture, which historically have produced poor questionable evidence as those suffering are prepared to say whatever is required of them in order to escape the physical and mental pain and anguish. Surely as a liberal western democracy we are above these ridiculous medieval inquisitions, we surely have the intelligence resources and technologies to gather evidence without resorting to such sub human methods. To treat people in a manner as bad as that used to experiment on rodents in pursuit of the perfect lipstick is an anachronism which we all should condemn.

It (the coalition government) also wishes to preserve what it calls “liaison relationships” – operational links with overseas intelligence agencies, including those known to use torture – on the grounds that they are a vital part of the country’s counter terrorism strategy.

Vital? Oh really?
Perhaps that’s why they are embarking on a programme of seeking mediation with those British subjects who have suffered at the hands of brutal operatives in third countries and who have yet to face any real charges under British law, or even find themselves convicted.

The protection of the status quo does nothing at all to improve our reputation in the rendition business, nor anything at all to improve the perception that the new government is simply failing to manage the policy makers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Change of government = change of managers, not change of policy!

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July 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Essential equipment for holding councillors to account

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spy gear

Intelligence is the key these days

On the left is the digital voice recorder:

Half digital recorder, half portable memory device. Unlike most, the pocket-sized Olympus stereo digital recorder downloads without cables, docking station or special software. Just plug the digital recorder into just about any PC with a USB port and off you go. The digital recorder makes it so easy to record your thoughts, ideas, memos or even small meetings in superbly clear stereo sound.

Simple plug and play via USB no cables, cradle or software necessary
Allows the storage of any file type, not just voice files
Features an integrated stereo microphone for high quality recording
Offers four recording modes: SHQ and HQ mode for superior quality, SP and LP for extended recording
Recording times between 35hours. in High Quality and 138 hours. in LP mode
5 folders, 199 messages per folder for file management
Mac compatible

On the right we have the Video Eyewear Recorder:

1.3 mega pixels Eyewear Video Recorder with 2GB builit-in memory and TF card slot-Features

-Quality Polaroid Lens from brand makers.
-1.3 mega pixels pinhole CMOS camera for clear digital recording.
-User friendly operation button for easy control.
-Sleek and elegant design suits for both men and women users.
-A must equipment and highly recommended device for journalist, traffic police, travellers and etc.
-Easy connection with PC/Laptops, no driver needed
-Built in 2G memory for as long as 5 hours video recording.
-With extended memory slot for TF/Micro SD card.
-Real time recording, never let memorable moments sneak away from life.

-Specs

-Power Supply:built-in 550mAh lipolymer battery
-Power duration: 4-5 hours
-Power Adaptor: 5V DC/500 mAh
-Built-in 2GB memory, support TF card Max 2GB
-Camera hardware resolution: 1.3m pixels.
-Reading Speed > 700kbs, write >500Kbs
-Resolution:320*240
-Playing Speed: 30fps
-Audio:Stereo
-Power Consumption: <0.4W
-Video Format: 3GP
-Card Slot: TF/Micro SD card
-Physical weight 39g with battery

Next time you see your local councillors out and about doing a street walk on their patch in South Tyneside make sure you are well equipped to really know what they are talking about, these councillors are slippery you know, especially the Labour Party ones (real socialists are apparently even worse!) You cannot possibly be in opposition to your local Labour councillors unless you know exactly what they are talking about, who they are talking to, what they are getting up to, who they are meeting, and what their plans are, so get get yourself equipped to deal with opposition!

You know it makes sense!

Can I recommend The Spy Shop, one of the UK’s leading surveillance equipment suppliers, but a word of caution, if you are purchasing from South Shields make sure that your credit is good first, secondly, I’m not sure if they have a branch in Biddick Hall yet, so telephone before visiting the area eh?

Yes, I know, politics in South Tyneside used to be a simple battle of ideas, policies, and presentation, now it seems the whole game is just verging towards the sinister, and I even thought that the folks on the left were massively in favour of civil liberties and the protection of individual privacy and identities.

Remember folks, that being photographed when you are in a public place is not a crime, it is allowed, unless of course someone is poking a lens under your nose repeatedly, when it does become a crime (it’s called harassment), if you are not sure what a street photographer can get up to these days then download Linda MacPherson’s excellent guide – here

It might have made an amusing story if it wasn’t so bloody not funny (see, even I can empathise.)

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July 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

The insidious and repellant growth of the database state

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I’d love to go abroad again for a holiday……….

………….but I don’t want to be viewed as a suspected terrorist.

All information passengers give to travel agents, including home address, phone numbers, email address, passport details and the names of family members, is shared with an unknown number of Government agencies for ‘analysis’ and stored for up to ten years.

I’ll remember that the next time I’m in South Shields town centre ogling in a travel agent’s window for a bargain.

It is to be hoped that some Liberal Democrat with a conscience will be twisting Pauline Neville-Jones’ arm to review this “profiling” .

On a separate and equally worrying matter, I am glad to see that Damian Green, who himself was a victim of police profiling, has decided that the awful conditions for children at Yarls Wood are just not good enough in a civilised society:

‘Our coalition government is committed to ending the detention of children for immigration purposes – we think this is the right thing to do.

‘I hope that we can have plans agreed within the next few months.’

Amen to that!

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May 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Rolling coalition thoughts

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Some of the “give and take” in this marriage.

For instance fixed term Parliaments, we now have the next election scheduled in for May 2015. What happens if there are recriminations within the coalition before then? How can the House of Commons assert itself if the government is seen to be acting against the will and wishes of the people? If there were a large split would the government be forced to carry on in a minority if it lost a confidence motion?

Sorry, I don’t like this. I’ve never been that keen on our governments tinkering with our constitution and I see little wrong in allowing our Prime Ministers the power to ask the Sovereign to dissolve Parliament and call for a general election at a time of their choosing, perhaps Gordon Brown regrets stretching his government out as long as possible now. The great advantage in having this ability is that Prime Ministers can put themselves to the ultimate test at times of political difficulty and national crisis, or use their judgement to determine the public mood on an important issue which has Parliament at an impasse.

I dread to think what will happen now if a future government loses the confidence of the House of Commons.

Electing the second chamber – well I guess this has been coming for some time now and it is another area fraught with difficulties. I can see some benefit if we have fixed term Parliaments and the second chamber is elected at the mid term point of the primary chamber, but please NOT both together, it would be rather pointless having a reviewing chamber of exactly the same political colour as the executive. The whole point of the second chamber is to provide additional scrutiny and give the important checks and balances that restrain the powers of government. The current and the old House of Lords had their faults and their benefits, it was  right to remove the hereditary Peers and if we are to have the equivalent of a Supreme Court it is right to remove the Judges too, there is great merit in preserving the separation of powers. However my worry now is in the quality and expertise of the members of the second house to be effective reviewers of legislation, we already have a chamber rapidly filling with the political appointees of Prime Ministers and insufficient numbers of people from other walks of life. One of the small benefits of previous constitutions of the Lords was that on any given subject one could find a smattering of acknowledged experts on the subject of debate, either because of their outside interests or because of the way in which some life peerages were appointed, this pool of talent is gradually being dissipated and I worry that it may be further weakened by an influx of politically motivated elected representatives. As a further modification of the second chamber it is probably right to propose that it’s name be changed to the House of Peers rather than the House of Lords.

A Bill to have a referendum on the Alternative Voting method – it is right to put this matter to the people, although it is not a system of proportional representation as such, it does at least offer two strong points for the future, it will give MPs greater legitimacy by ensuring that they achieve more than 50% of the votes cast in their constituencies and it further strengthens the link between a small geographic area (the constituency) and its representative. The downside is that many MPs may be regarded as “second choice” and will probably initially result in greater numbers of Liberal Democrats, this may not be a lasting effect, of course, as political parties and policies evolve, we must remember that the whole notion of proportional representation is supported by smaller parties who seem to think they have some sort of entitlement to seats and feel hard done to by our current first past the post system, yet history proves that  third parties can come through the middle to supplant those in second place – the Labour Party was a great example. A great benefit of the first past the post system is that it is direct, easy to understand, easy to administer, and generally produces quick results, it works far better when constituencies are of equal size and thus relies on bodies such as the Boundaries Commission to keep a balanced formula. It does not work so well when three parties all decide to sit in the middle of the road and fight over “the centre ground” – real choice is what we need most to make it work.

The commission to review party funding is important too and will be very interesting to see what it recommends. I have often wondered over the years what the average man in the street really thinks about large individual donations going to political parties, or large union or corporate donations for that matter. I do know of some who object to their union operating a political levy when the members have no choice over which party the levy goes to, and on the other hand  there will be many who object to a company such as Unilever donating to the Conservative Party, but does it stop them buying particular brands of washing powder? I’d love to get to a situation closer to that in the USA where Barack Obama and Ron Paul stood out for their ability to harness the internet and raise bucket loads of cash from millions of small donors, I’d love too to see a large rise in party memberships, which would be a great help in financing politics, but it will need our politicians and their parties at local level to get back to engaging more effectively with their local communities. What I DO NOT want to see is the public purse being used to finance political parties.

£6bn of cuts in this financial year – simply not enough, period! (£50bn of reductions would take our public spending back down to the levels of 2007-08 adjusted for inflation, I’m pretty sure we could manage at that level).

Raising tax thresholds above £1000 – I’m fully in favour of and wish the Conservatives had been bold enough to put this in their own manifesto, after all a low tax economy is supposed to be one of the pillars of Conservative economic thought. This move will help many low paid families and could easily be financed if George Osborne can convince the less than convincing Vince Cable to cut departmental budgets even further.

Nuclear deterrent – The Lib Dems have apparently agreed that we need to maintain our nuclear deterrent, but does this mean that we need to maintain Trident, or will the coalition go for a slightly cheaper air based system or just reduce the number of missiles or ageing submarines?

Freedom Bill – one of the most important legislative tasks of the new Parliament will be a Great Repeal Act to sweep away many of the authoritarian edicts of the Blair/Brown years introduced mainly after 9/11 and designed to keep us all under surveillance and control look after our safety. The National ID Card scheme will be scrapped for starters and it is to be hoped that many other Liberal reforms will appeal to the Conservative right. Let us hope that the dismantling of the database state and intrusive surveillance is a huge priority for the new Home Secretary. The state should be afraid of its people, the people should not be afraid of the state.

These are interesting times folks and the biggest interest to me right now is what happens at the end of this Parliament, if this coalition is a success will it fight on, or will the parties find too many idealogical grounds and go their own separate ways again? If it is a success or indeed if it proves to be vastly unpopular, which party, Conservative or Liberal Democrats, will reap the rewards or brick bats?

You would like to think that we are heading back to a golden age of Disraeli and Gladstone reform all in the “national interest”, but at some stage political interest will have to emerge, and I suspect that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are hoping to build a new two party system that might just put the Labour Party back in the position of third place, much of that will depend upon who wins the leadership battle, the Blairite David Miliband from South Shields, his brother Ed, or perhaps a figure from the left. Much also will depend upon the most important task of all, reducing the debt, balancing the budget, and moving the economy firmly into growth to produce wealth and jobs with the promise of an eventual lower tax base.

Update 13:49

This new government of David Cameron is full of surprises, Theresa May as Home Secretary, and Vince Cable NOT going to the Treasury as Chief Secretary, that post has been given to David Laws (Cable becomes Business Secretary instead), another surprise is Ken Clarke as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, the return of Iain Duncan Smith is no surprise after his achievements in the social welfare field. Think I’ll keep my predictions to myself for the rest of the day.

For those wanting to read the first analytical, but personal, full scale deconstruction of the Conservative campaign during the general election Tim Montgomerie has it here, he also had it in the Guardian and aired his thoughts on radio this morning, a sure sign that Conservative bloggers will not be able to be relied upon to be as sycophantic as their Labour rivals were.

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Police twitchy over Twitter

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Man arrested under the Terrorism Act after venting his frustrations on Twitter!

Was it Tony Blair who suggested that terrorism should not be allowed to alter the fundamental way in which Britain goes about it’s life and work? That was before he enjoined us in T.W.A.T. (The War Against Terror) with George W. Bush.

Now you cannot even make a light hearted joke on your Twitter page without being placed under arrest, thrown into a cell, and having half of your possessions taken away for forensic examination using one of Blair’s laws!

The lead investigator kept asking, ‘Do you understand why this is happening?’ and saying, ‘It is the world we live in’.

Thanks Mr. Blair, but of course you live in an entirely different world to the rest of us, a one that we contribute £600,000 per annum towards as you live the high life in top quality hotels and build a multi million pound property portfolio, and pick up another £5m per year for talking to people who don’t necessarily include the South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary, David Miliband (at least not on a regular basis).

T.W.A.T. of the highest order, it certainly hasn’t altered his way of British life!

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January 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

Forensic artists issue digital pictures

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digitally altered pictures

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FBI forensic artists have produced a picture (left) of the world’s No. 1 bogeyman Osama bin Laden having digitally altered his features to show the effects of age, and dressed him in western styled clothes to show how he might look now. Of course, it is true that there have been no confirmed sightings of the most wanted man for a long time and rumours abound that he may well in fact be dead following the heavy American bombing of the Tora Bora mountain range, it is also known that he had a serious kidney complaint that required regular dialysis, some people suggest that he may have even expired as a result of renal failure. However, he is still the reason why Britain and the US are engaged in the so called War Against Terror, a war in which those suspected of having taken part are not, have not, and will not be tortured willingly, knowingly, or even unknowingly by British agents or personnel or those friendly partner nations who we work with.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman has said (of the case involving the High Court battle between jailed Muslim terror suspect Shaker Aamer and the Government):

‘We do not accept allegations of UK involvement or “complicity” in his mistreatment.  We firmly reject any suggestion that we torture or mistreat people or ask others to do so on our behalf. Mr Aamer and his legal representatives have made a lot of unsubstantiated allegations.’

Yet it has taken months and months and months for David Miliband, the South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary, to come to a decision to finally allow American security cleared lawyers to see papers relating to British Intelligence reports relating to Mr. Aamer’s questioning, the papers  are still not being aired in public. The case so far has dragged on for an inordinate length of time at great expense to the British tax payer, and is the second such case in which the Foreign Office has been found wanting by the High Court.

While Lord Justice Sullivan said the Government’s sudden change of heart was ‘clearly the most sensible solution’, he said: ‘the wasted time and money has just been enormous.’

He went on to condemn the manner in which disclosure had been ‘obstructed’ since last October, and said that the Government had ‘taken the matter up to the wire – only making concessions that were absolutely necessary’.

The picture on the right shows how digital forensic artists believe David Miliband has evaded the attention of the High Court since October and how he may appear next time he eventually travels to his constituency in South Shields. He has no relationship with the man on the left whatsoever.

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January 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

Google threatens end to Chinese censorship

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Google

Chinese to do the job themselves!

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It’s hard to see Google’s move as a brave and principled strike against China’s intolerance of political dissent. The ad broker has said it’s no longer prepared to censor searches in China. So, does that mean it’s simply kicked the problem of policing Chinese Google searches to the Chinese themselves? It’s a sensible bit of outsourcing really – censorship is one of Beijing’s core competencies. And they’ll probably do it more efficiently.

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January 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

It’s the economy stupid!

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Keeping a sense of priority

Now that the general election campaign seems to be underway with Conservative leader David Cameron starting a string of policy announcements and unelected Prime Minister Brown declaring that Labour will fight every inch of the way as underdogs it is good to note that our local candidates are (a) getting into the swing of things, and (b) being frank enough to raise some personal pet policies that they feel will need looking at in the future.

The economy, of course is the priority concern for just about everybody, and will remain so for at least the first two years of the next government, the budget deficit is out of control, government borrowing is so beyond the pail that it threatens Britain’s credit status with international financial institutions, public spending is so high and as a proportion of GDP threatens to choke economic recovery in the private sector, unless we see massive spending cuts soon we will all be landed with huge tax increases further weakening recovery or potentially launching us into a double dip recession.

Putting that not inconsiderate concern aside for a moment I’m particularly glad to learn that the South Shields Conservative candidate Karen Allen shares a healthy disregard for political correctness, the nanny state, and CCTV cameras, (she also appears to be a fan of Conservative MEP Dan Hannan), in her latest blog post she writes:

There are many, many things we need to be talking about – our civil liberties and mindless political correctness manifested in our nanny state – after of course the economic recovery – being pretty high on my list. We don’t need more laws; endless, expensive new installations of CCTV cameras and more red tape – people will take responsibility if we create an environment for them to be able to do so.

Which is more or less the points I have been making for a few years now, and I’m glad to hear a candidate who is not afraid to go slightly off message from time to time.

Meanwhile South Tyneside Conservative councillor Jeff Milburn, the Tory candidate for Jarrow, has been poking his toe into Gordon Brown’s soft underbelly on defence, an area  that also concerns me and one which could become an easy victim for large spending cuts regardless of the party in power. In a press release Jeff says:

Gordon Brown said that the Treasury reserve is covering the cost of the war in Afghanistan. But now we see that the Government is trying to fight a war from the core defence budget. Our defences are being cut, not as a response to a diminished threat – if anything the threat is increasing. This Labour Government has had four defence secretaries in four years, one of them part-time, is now cutting capability as a result of catastrophic economic mismanagement. Our brave Armed Forces are paying for Labour’s incompetence.

The new Chinook helicopters are of course welcome, but this decision would not have been necessary if the Prime Minister had not, against all advice, cut £1.4bn from the helicopter programme in 2004.  But for his failure to understand the Armed Forces, those Chinooks could have been on the front line today, saving the lives of our brave soldiers;  instead, they will not be available until at least 2013 by which time, according to the Prime Minister, we should have substantially transferred security responsibility to Afghan national forces.

There have been too many stories over the past 12-24 months of underfunded and poorly equipped missions in Afghanistan, defence procurement policy is a mess and needs  a drastic overhaul, as does the political direction of the Afghan campaign, we need clear objectives and a clear strategic timetable for withdrawal coupled with a strategic rethink of our total defence needs and capabilities.

Defence experts are now warning that the Royal Navy is facing a battle for survival as the Treasury sharpens it’s knives for deep spending cuts which may leave the new promised carriers dangerously short of escorts, or worse the planned build of ships will not take place at all to the levels previously committed to. At a time when Somalian pirates operate at will in one of the worlds busiest shipping lanes extorting money and seizing civilian crews in a “money for old rope” scam, you have to wonder just how we intend to protect British interests in the area. It also begs the question about whose hands the ransom money ends up in?

So whilst the economy must remain the biggest and most immediate priority it is good to see that Tory candidates have an eye on other areas that provide cause for concern.

David Miliband, the South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary, also appears to have other matters in his thoughts, according to this Telegraph article he has amassed a tidy sum of donations over the past year or so which Jon Swaine and Robert Winnett suggest are to be used to launch a new leadership bid, as speculation continues to rumble over whether or not Gordon Brown will lead the Labour Party into the election or whether his demise as leader will follow after the campaign.

While the other leadership contenders remained almost completely reliant on trade union funds, Mr Miliband received his money from a mixture of unions and private firms – the crucial combination that propelled Tony Blair into Downing Street.

A total of £7,000 of Mr Miliband’s haul came from sponsors of his annual “South Shields lecture”, which was delivered by Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary and a long-standing ally.

The 2008 lecture, which was given by the actor Sir Patrick Stewart, attracted just £2,000 in sponsorship.

Previous lectures given by Tony Blair, Neil Kinnock, Ken Livingstone and the film director David Puttnam appear not to have attracted any money at all.

Mr Miliband also attracted money from A&P Tyne, a shipbuilder based close to his constituency. The company gave the MP £1,500 in March.

Mr Miliband was given £1,500 by Sony, the electronics company, £400 from Asda, the supermarket group, and other funds from property and design companies.

I wonder who the main sponsors of the South Shields Lecture are? At least we get a good idea of the sort of companies who quite prepared to see the back of Gordon Brown, I’d best keep spending my cash at Asda and buying more PS3 and PSP games for “Junior” then, after all I should remember “it’s the economic recovery that matters most!”

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South Tyneside Tory wants CCTV cameras to “be fit for purpose”

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Jeff MilburnCllr. Jeff Milburn gives mixed message

We are all used to seeing CCTV cameras on our streets and in our shops.  They are a valuable tool in the fight against crime.  Council CCTV cameras have trebled in number over the past ten years. However,  the Government’s own research shows eighty per cent of CCTV footage can’t be used to prosecute criminals.  A Conservative government would ensure CCTV is fit for purpose – with appropriate safeguards and sanctions to prevent misuse.

So says Conservative Cleadon Village Cllr. Jeff Milburn, who is to represent the party in the  Jarrow constituency of  South Tyneside at the next election. I’m not sure what he is trying to tell us that the Conservative Party would actually do about the explosion of these near to useless snooping devices that councils and privateers are erecting all over our towns and cities in the UK, he acknowledges that their numbers have increased threefold over the past ten years and then claims that they are a valuable tool in the fight against crime.

Well I beg to differ Jeff, I have a near to useless CCTV looking camera overlooking the place where I park my car, kindly left by an old neighbour, it keeps some people mollified and happy, but not me. It seems to me that research and facts prove that CCTV cameras are not that useful as a tool against crime at all, certainly not in London, the crime capital of the UK, where just this year it has been proved that less than three percent of crimes are successfully solved using CCTV imagery and that in reality only about one in a thousand crimes are solved by this means. The Evening Standard had quite an enlightening article at the time. available here.

According to Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, who heads the Metropolitan Police’s Met’s Visual Images, Identifications and Detections Office (Viido), billions of pounds have been spent with almost no results to show. Only three percent of crimes have been solved using CCTV footage, and offenders aren’t afraid of being caught on video. Det. Chief Inspector Neville, speaking to The Guardian, described the system as an “utter fiasco” and that “no thought” had gone into implementation. Other issues, beyond the lack of success standing up in court, include the tedium of police officers spending hours trawling through footage, and often a failure to contact private CCTV operators (such as cameras located on private buildings etc) to request footage.

Yet Labour politicians still believe that more snooping, more prying into family life, more early intervention, more databases, more innocent children having DNA sampled, more ID Cards, and more biometrics, are the answer to crime problem that probably isn’t quite as large as the average Daily Mail reader imagines.

It seems that Cllr. Milburn is NOT telling us that Conservatives would introduce a little more libertarian spirit to the statute book by ordering the removal of thousands of CCTV cameras and the destruction of ridiculously expensive databases that will want to record every minutiae of life from the moment of free captive birth, but more that they intend to make these things work better, improve them, or modernise them! Jeff says a Conservative government would ensure CCTV is fit for purpose, but what exactly is the purpose? Surely the purpose of CCTV is to watch, monitor, and record? Surely it would be better (and cheaper) if you or I did that and reported our findings to the police.

What the Conservative Party and others need to understand is that Neighbourhood policing is what needs to work better, we need to reverse the lack of trust between the citizen and the police, we need to go back to the days of knowing that the policeman/woman is your friend, and that the guy around the corner who mugs your granny is most certainly not! Only by rebuilding this trust will we see more and more people willing to freely give statements, and freely finger their neighbours as community spirit returns to neighbourhoods. Front line police time needs to be freed up, bureaucratic form filling needs to be radically cut away from the job, people need to see police on the streets, not behind desks. Once we become more accustomed to having a two way dialogue with our local police, we will see that the criminals will start to fear their own neighbours (instead of the other way round), because at present too many people have this naive idea that they needn’t bother getting involved – after all, they’ll have it on camera, won’t they?

And another thing, once we feel that the state isn’t prying and snooping into our lives all of the time in an effort to socially engineer our behaviour, then we will feel that much more comfortable about cooperating with the agencies of the state. Freedom and liberty can work wonders when we allowed to help look after our own property and our neighbourhoods.

As far as I am aware, nothing works better in a court than a witness, a human witness, standing up and saying “yes, it was him/her”

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December 29, 2009 at 11:07 pm