Monday, May 14, 2007
Nanny's Gestapo State
Those of you who live in Birmingham, and who have forgotten that on 1st July 2007 Nanny's anti smoking rule comes into force, need not fear.
The much "respected" and "service minded" local council has an excellent plan to help you to remember not to smoke in public.
They will be unleashing 100 "enforcement officers" onto the streets of Birmingham.
Neil Eustace, chairman of the city council public protection committee (an Orwellian concept if ever I heard one), is quoted as saying:
"On July 1, our officers will be out in force.
We are very confident that the ban will be self enforcing,
but there will be a level of force from the start."
Am I imagining it, or is this "servant of the people" threatening the people?
It strikes me that he and Nanny's lackeys in this most unloved of councils have got ideas above their station in life.
Eustace's profile says that he is a Liberal Democrat, isn't it funny how that party always produces the sort of people who tend to act like mini Gestapo officers?
By the way, try clicking the link on Eustace's page to find out about the Public Protection Committee...funny that, nothing there?
Why is that then???
Here is what Birmingham City Council's website website says that they will do:
"After 1st July high profile enforcement activity will commence immediately and our Enforcement Officers will target any premises subject to complaint. There will be a national and local hotline (numbers to be announced – watch this space) as well as e-mail and text systems available for reporting non-compliance."
Nice to see that they will encourage people to spy and report on each other!
The state should fear the people, not the people fear the state.
In case you are worried about the cost of these "enforcement officers", have no fear, Nanny has given Birmingham £600K to pay for them.
Oh, wait a minute, that would be £600K of our money...errmmm...collected in part by taxes on fags, yes?
Nanny's Gestapo will be empowered to photograph and film smokers, then issue them with a £50 on the spot fine.
Isn't it illegal to take photos of someone without their consent?
Now the question arises, when smoking has been eradicated in Birmingham will these "enforcers" be out of a job?
I guarantee that they will remain employed, and will be used by the council to spy on people for other "misdemeanours".
The Gestapo state has arrived, on the back of a fag packet!
Feel free tow rite to Nanny's lackeys at Birmingham council, and vent your spleens: