Today is the so called "day of action" by an assortment of "characters" etc, who are intent on "stopping the City" and haranguing world leaders at Gordon Brown's ego driven G20 summit.
As one would expect, Nanny is keen to ensure that minimum disruption to her choreographed event takes place; as such, she is using all the paraphernalia at her command (eg CCTV) to keep matters under her control.
Now here's the funny thing, Nanny's own rules have caused her to switch off a whole set of CCTV cameras in the Westminster area.
Nanny's chums in the Department for Transport (DfT) have ruled that 33% of Westminster's CCTV cameras "do not fully meet the resolution standards required", and must be switched off before today (April Fool's Day).
The cameras cost local taxpayers £15M but, for reasons unclear for such a large outlay, they do not meet the quality required under the Traffic Management Act, which comes into force on 1 April.
The council have been desperately seeking "dispensation" from the transport secretary, Geoff Hoon. As at the time of writing it is unclear as to whether Hoon has granted "dispensation".
Only in the Nanny state would such a "jobsworth" farce actually arise. Commonsense should dictate that, under special circumstances such as this, the CCTV could be allowed to function for a couple of days before shut down.
There are of course two issues here:
1 Why did Westminster waste £15M on cameras that do not comply with the law?
2 Why are traffic cameras (let us not forget that is what the taxpayer has been told he/she has bought) being used for other purposes (do not be under any naive assumption that only during a G20 summit would these traffic cams be used to monitor people etc)?
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