Saturday, December 06, 2008
RIPA - Not Dead Yet
It seems that earlier reports of the demise of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) being used by our "respected" (lets be frank, I mean "loathed") local councils to spy on us were somewhat premature.
Nanny's Gestapo from Cambridgeshire County Council have used RIPA to spy on eight paperboys thought to be working without permits.
Council spies were sent undercover to spy on the local Spar shop in the village of Melbourn, and take notes on the movements of the boys.
The council used the evidence gathered to prosecute the shop's owners for employing five of the boys (all over 13 years old) without the correct documentation.
In Cambridgeshire it is against the law to employ children without a series of forms being filled in, the owners of the shop made an administrative mistake and did not complete all the necessary documentation.
Why so much paperwork?
It seems that Nanny believes that carrying newspapers presents a health and safety risk, also working before 7AM is verboten.
Gosh, 7AM...yes that is early isn't it?
Heaven forefend that anyone has to work at that ungodly hour!
The owners of the shop have been given a six-month conditional discharge.
No doubt the citizens of Cambridgeshire feel safer in their beds knowing that RIPA is being used to protect them from the terrorist threat of paperboys working without permits.
A truly loathsome use of RIPA. The councillors should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
By the way, can you guess which party runs Cambridgeshire?
Yes, that's right, yet again it's the Tories!
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