Friday, May 12, 2006
Spies Like Us
One of the most unpleasant side effects of living in a Nanny state is the fact that many people seem quite happy to start to spy on their friends, neighbours and strangers; reporting them to Nanny for any perceived misdemeanour.
Therefore it should come as no surprise to learn that the staff at Tescos, in Barnstaple, were happy to "shop" someone to Nanny the other day.
"Pete Williams", a pseudonym, is a deer hunter who took his photographs of a recent hunt to his local Tescos.
Deer hunting, I would note, is perfectly legal. Yet Nanny's nasty little spies took it upon themselves to report Pete to the police.
The police ended up questioning Pete for several hours about his perfectly legal activity.
"Peter Williams" said that he was "made to feel like a terrorist".
"We will never pass your personal data to anyone else".
Rather odd that they passed on the details to the police then isn't it?
Anbyhoo staff at the Tescos, as seems to be the way of the Nanny state these days, took it upon themselves to act as judge jury and executioner and decided to disapprove of what Pete was doing.
They judged that the photographs of him with his gun and a deer that he had shot were "inappropriate", although he had broken no animal cruelty or firearms laws.
Two policemen arrived at Pete's house on a Sunday morning, with a set of prints given to them by Tesco.
After questioning him, the police accepted that he had a firearms certificate and had not broken any laws.
Simon Hart, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said:
"This is one of the most disturbing and ridiculous examples of ignorance and demonisation, of which Tesco should be ashamed."
Sir Terry Leahy, the chief executive of Tesco, said:
"On being asked to view the prints, our store's management team decided that there was cause for concern
and as such contacted the police."
A second letter on behalf of Sir Terry said:
"Tesco does not discriminate against any lawful section of the community.
We are confident that the actions of our staff were within the law."
Evidently spying is now acceptable!
"We are sorry for any upset or distress caused to the gentleman.
However, if our staff are concerned about
the content of photographic material it is
right that they should seek advice from the appropriate authorities,
in this instance, the police."
Nanny and all other petty dictators manage to maintain their power base by encouraging a climate of fear and mistrust, the most effective method of doing that is to encourage people to report each other to the state.
Feel free to tell Tesco what you think about them reporting Pete to Nanny, via this link firstname.lastname@example.org