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Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Horsing Around

Horses
I have to admit even I, a man who has been writing about Nanny's daftness for a few years now, took an second look at this when I read it just to make sure I had not misread it.

Nanny and her chums in local councils have a nice little earner going for themselves wrt licences for playing music in public. These licences are required for all manner of public performances, ranging from full blown orchestras to pub sing alongs etc. However, Rosemary Greenway found out to her cost that it also applied to her.

For why?

She has been playing passages of opera and orchestral symphonies on the radio to her horses at the Malthouse Equestrian Centre in Bushton for more than 20 years, to help soothe them.

Can you guess what happened next dear readers?

Yes, that's right, Nanny in the guise of the Performing Right Society insists that she applies for (and of course pay for) a licence.

For why?

Because her stables employs more than two people it is treated in the same way as shops, bars and caf├ęs.

Completely potty!

Anyhoo, rather than pay the fee she now leaves the radio off except on Sundays when she is alone.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Bin Brother - Re-Education Visits

Bin Brother
Be warned, should you be foolish enough to dispose of the "wrong sort of rubbish", Nanny's bin police will pay you a home visit and re-educate you.

The bin police, hired by our "respected" local councils and paid for by us, are using microchips placed in 2 million bins to measure the volume of rubbish thrown away; and, in some cases, searching through the waste looking for plastic, glass or other items that should have been recycled instead.

Those who break Nanny's rules will be contacted in writing, re offences will see a council officer paying a home visit.

Bin chipping South Oxfordshire council, for example, has told householders to remove labels from jars and cans.

The council says don't worry though:

"It's not Big Brother. The new bins contain a microchip which has a serial number that relates to the address the bin belongs to.

This helps us track lost bins, as well as measuring the weight inside the bins to give us fast, accurate data and reports identifying if there are areas of the district recycling less, or throwing away more rubbish.

We will put a reminder on your bin if you get it wrong, and if you regularly have problems putting the wrong items in your bins, we will simply provide guidance and possibly come out to visit you.

We don't intend to use the micro-chipped bins to introduce rubbish charging based on the amount of rubbish households throw away. However the Government may introduce legislation forcing us to introduce such a scheme
."

For good measure the council also recommends that people pay private companies to clean their bins.

Can someone remind me why we pay council tax?

All of this may be very well if, and it is a big IF, this seriously contributed in a positive and measurable way to the improvement of the environment and to people's well being.

However, it doesn't.

The reality is that large amounts of waste, that in theory is marked for recycling, is sold by the councils to rip off private companies who ship it to India to bury it next door to some unsuspecting villagers.

Hardly environmentally sound is it?

Nanny doesn't give a stuff, her real objective is to increase the tax burden so that she can employ more council busybodies to control our daily lives.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Belated Thank You

CheersA belated thank you and "hat tip" to Anthony Wright for mentioning this site (and my good self) in his book "Personal Tapestry", published by The One Roof Press.

Thanks Anthony:)

Best regards

Ken

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Daniel Hannan

Re Tonk's comment, here is the video of Daniel Hannan.

BBC et al take note, it was up on one of my other sites two days ago!

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Another Day, Another Database

Another Day, Another Database
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes Nanny ignores the fact that she "doesn't do IT" nor data security at all well, and has decided to create yet another database that will poke into the daily lives and communications of her subjects.

This time she intends to monitor the daily communications, and verbal diarrhea, of those who use social networking sites such as Faecesbook, Bimbo and MySpace etc.

Nanny wants to monitor messages sent via these sites, and add them to her planned database that will store information about every phone call, e-mail and internet visit made by everyone in the United Kingdom.

Aside from the so many obvious issues about such a database (eg privacy, security, civil liberties, cost etc) there is one blindingly obvious question:

Does anyone seriously think that Nanny is capable of building a system that is large enough, and efficient enough, to store all of this data?

Politicians don't do IT, and are seen as dimwitted "patsies" by the IT firms and rip off "consultants" who sell Nanny second rate "toot" that is well past is sell by date.

I seriously doubt that, even if Nanny ever did manage to build this behemoth (at great expense to us), the "terrorists" that she believes lurk under our beds would be quite so dimwitted to post messages that identify exactly what they are going to do on Faecesbook.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nanny's Nasty Little Blame Game

The Blame Game
Whilst it is fair to say that I regard those in the world of banking who have screwed up royally and brought us to the edge of financial ruin as complete knobheads, I would caution against laying the blame full square at their door for this mess.

Nanny and Broon were terribly chummy with these guys during years of plenty, sucking up to them on every possible occasion.

Additionally, as I have noted on www.loanbuster.net on numerous occasions, Nanny herself set up the tripartite regulatory system that has proven to be worse than worthless. Nanny also ensured that every spare penny that we had was spent during years of plenty, instead of keeping a decent sum in reserve for emergencies.

The result?

Financial meltdown!

It is therefore disturbing, to say the least, to see that Broon, Harman et al from ZaNuLabour are happily whipping up public anger (aided and abetted by a compliant and idiotic media) against the bankers.

Bankers, according to Nanny are solely to blame for this mess.

They are not!

The result of this firestorm of negative spin is the attack on Sir Fred Goodwin's house the other evening, by a bunch of criminals claiming to be anarchists.

Nanny should be aware that the last political party that whipped up public anger against bankers, blaming them (Jewish bankers to be precise) for all of societies ills, did so in the 1930's in Germany.

Broon and Harman, in their desperation to play to the gallery and to deflect public criticism of Labour's role in this mess, are emulating the Nazis of 1930's Germany.

The result of their nasty little blame game will be something that they may not be able to control.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Big Fat Rasberry To Nanny's Child Catcher Database

Computer Says No
How splendidly entertaining and refreshing to see that Nanny has been so very publicly humiliated by her own Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

The DCSF has had to publicly admit that security flaws in its internet database (ContactPoint), designed to hold the details of 11 million children and teenagers, have forced it to stop work on the project.

Seemingly the "bugs" present serious security concerns over the ability of the system to protect the identity etc of 55,000 vulnerable children on the database.

ContactPoint, given the security flaws it seems to be rather an apt title for such an "open book" listing of children, cost us £224M. It contains the names, addresses, dates of birth and details of schools, GPs, social workers and support services of all 11 million people aged under 18 in England.

Here's the real laugh...it is intended to improve child protection!

How can a database, containing all of the above, improve child protection?

Don't the dimwitted members of Nanny's government and civil service realise that the more data you store in one place, the more vulnerable it is to hacking and theft?

Another farking IT shambles, brought to us by our elected representatives!

This of course is the same government that wants all of our details on id cards and a massive database.

Anyone out there seriously think that this will work?

The bottom line is that governments and politicians are not capable of being trusted with IT projects, they have neither the understanding nor the time horizon (usually 5 years or more) to see the project through.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Nanny Bans Boys

Nanny Bans Boys
My sympathies to the parents in the Shirley area of Croydon, who send their kids to the Shirley Gymnastics Club.

The club has been banned because it has boys in it.

For why?

Rude behaviour?

No!

Ungentlemanly conduct?

No!

They have been banned because of their sex.

It seems that some Muslim parents complained that the boys should not be mixing with the girls at Old Palace School (an independent girls school, it is not a Muslim school), where the mixed classes for the club were held.

So that you are perfectly clear, it's not the parents of the members of the club who are complaining it's some of the parents of the girls at the school. Seemingly, the complainers are working under the delusion that in the 21st century their girls will never meet a boy outwith their supervision.

The club has 250 members, of which 36 are boys, and has been running classes at the school since January 2008. However, since the complaint, the club now has to look for another site to hold its classes.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Learning To Play

Learning To Play
It seems that an activity that one may have once assumed was normal now, under Nanny, requires government intervention and expenditure of taxpayers' money in order to facilitate it.

What requires such Nanny intervention?

Children playing!

Under Nanny's rule, street games are in danger of dying out. Nanny therefore has come up with a solution, she is to spend over £1M from her National Lottery scheme re-teaching children how to play.

The name of her scheme?

Playful Ideas!

Half a million pounds has already been allocated to projects across the UK, to teach children how to build dens and treehouses.

In Islington in North London there is a job offering £31K to a tree house builder.

All very nice I am sure, but if the parents hadn't been turned into a bunch of "whipped pussies" by Nanny (afraid of letting their kids out in public) then they would and indeed should be the ones encouraging the kids to play, not the state.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

One Man Went To Mow

Mower
My congratulations to Leicestershire County Council for wasting £6K of taxpayers' money on sat nav devices for 14 mowers.

Yes, you did read that correctly, sat nav devices for 14 mowers!

Seemingly the gardeners employed by the council claimed that they kept getting lost in long grass.

Errmmm...am I alone in finding this totally potty?

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nanny's Targets Kill

Nanny's Targets Kill
Nanny would have us believe that her rules, regulations and targets (used to enforce her rules) are there for our own good. She would have us believe that she has our own interests at heart, and above all wants us to lead long, happy and healthy lives.

Unfortunately this is complete bollocks, as the recent shocking revelations about Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals, prove.

Such were the failings within the "Trust" (a contradiction in terms) that 400-1200 people died as a result of gross mismanagement and neglect (in spite of, or rather because of, Nanny's farking target driven health service).

The situation was so bad that even our "beloved" Prime Minister was forced to apologise (something he actually doesn't do normally) for the "inexcusable" failings.

Families of the deceased, and those lucky enough to escape the hospitals alive, have described "Third World" conditions at the trust, with some patients drinking water from vases because they were so thirsty and others screaming in pain.

The trust, when initially confronted with complaints, claimed that the anomalies were due to problems with its recording of data rather than the quality of care for patients.

How these bastards try to deceive and lie to us when they feel threatened!

Given that Nanny claims her target driven NHS is "world class", how can such a Third World disaster happen?

Let me explain:

1 Targets encourage cheating, greed and an abrogation of self responsibility.

2 No one is prepared to take responsibility for their own actions, as it is easier to hide behind targets and procedures.

3 Targets can be abused; eg if there is a 4 hour treatment target, hospitals easily meet that by not admitting a patient until the 4 hour target can be met (ie they will rather let the patient suffer and die rather than fail to meet the target).

In summary, the ultimate result of the Nanny state is the stifling of initiative and self responsibility; where no one is prepared to take responsibility for their actions and people hid behind "procedures", targets and red tape.

Nanny is the enemy of the people, and will kill us all if we don't dump her first!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Prats Of The Millennium - The EU

Prats Of The MillenniumI am using my "special powers" (I have many!) to make a very special award of "Prats of The Millennium" to the leaders of our "respected", "democratic" and "non corrupt" EU.

For why?

They have deemed that using "Miss" and "Mrs" is no longer to be allowed, as part of their desire to create a "gender neutral" language.

An EU booklet sent by the Secretary General of the EU parliament to all our "hardworking" and "value for money" MEP's tells them to stop referring to a woman's marital status; Madame and Mademoiselle, Frau and Fraulein and Senora and Senorita are all banned.

Other banned words include; sportsmen, statesmen, man-made, firemen, air hostess, headmaster, headmistress, laymen, policeman etc.

Oh my head is about to explode!

We can assume that "human", "mankind", "man" and "woman" will soon be banned too!

Quite what the cost of this booklet (printed in all the languages of the 20 plus - how many these days?- members of the EU) is to the poor old taxpayers of Europe I dread to think.

Aside from the quite obvious stupidity of this idea...are women so weak and pathetic that they need legislation to protect them from words?...the fact that the EU, in the midst of the worst recession in decades, thinks that this is an effective use of time and resources gives a very clear indication as to the "quality" of the EU.

Orwell warned that dictatorships seek to control people by manipulating the language, so that the people can no longer think for themselves or express themselves.

The EU is fulfilling Orwell's vision.

The EU, well deserving Prats of The Millennium.

As a side note, I can assure you that within the next decade the EU dream will be a shattered burning husk, as the people of Europe wake up to the fact that they have been taken for a ride by a bunch of incompetent, greedy, freeloaders who are without any question or doubt corrupt and undemocratic.

The cities of Europe will erupt as people seek to reclaim their national identities, laws, customs and taxes.

It will be very unpleasant, were the EU run by decent people this civil venting of spleens entirely avoidable.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St Patrick's Day 2009!

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!

Since I am half Irish, half of me will be partying today:)

Have it large!

Ken

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Booze Matters - Minimum Price

Booze Matters
I see that Nanny's chum and chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, is pushing for there to be a minimum price on booze. He doesn't want any drinks to be sold for less than 50 pence per unit of alcohol they contain.

Here's a few reasons why a minimum price on booze is bollocks:

1 The state has no business interfering in the pricing mechanism of the market.

2 When the state interferes in market pricing mechanisms, disaster is sure to follow.

3 A minimum price will cause a decline in demand and put people out of work.

4 Prohibition, or in this case semi state control, does not work; the USA found that out to its cost when its prohibition period spawned a whole criminal subclass and industry. Why do you think that there is so much criminal activity associated with drugs? Answer, because Nanny has banned them.

5 We each of us go to the devil in our own way; booze, drugs, food, smoking, excess exercise etc. The state has no business in dictating to us as to how we live our lives.

6 Raising the price of booze in the UK will simply mean that more people will import booze from Europe (eg as is the case in Sweden, where people avoid paying the absurdly high tax on booze - imposed by the state to stop people drinking - by going on booze cruises to Denmark etc).

7 We are facing the worst recession in decades, people on low incomes have precious little to amuse themselves with (given that Nanny is doing her best to deny them their fags); let the people have some fun during these dark days.

8 It is part of our national culture to drink heavily, whether Nanny likes it or not. The Romans marvelled at our ability to drink like fish, then brawl in public; nothing has changed, that is who we are.

9 Hitler didn't drink.

Feel free to add to the list.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Big Brother - Nanny's DNA Database For Babies

DNA Database
Nanny's desire to record all of her subjects on a DNA database will not be mollified by ethics, decency or public outcry.

Nanny's best chum the ever hapless and hopeless Home Economics Minister (sorry Secretary of State for The Home Orifice), Jacqui Smith, has found herself trying lamely to defend a decision to place a baby's DNA on the national database.

Smith admitted that the child was aged under one at the time its profile was taken by police and stored.

I would remind everyone that, aside from the obvious point that a baby is unlikely to commit a crime, the age of age of criminal responsibility is ten in England and Wales.

Why therefore did the state choose to take the baby's DNA sample?

The most likely explanation is that the baby was at a crime scene, and all persons present had their DNA taken.

OK, that sounds just about plausible.

However, could Ms Smith explain why the baby's DNA sample (having been eliminated from the enquiry) was not then destroyed instead of being place in the database?

Even our "friends" in Europe think we are overdoing this. The European Court of Human Rights condemned the system as excessive and disproportionate, claiming it "could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society".

Oddly, back in December Ms Smith said that the Nanny would take "immediate steps" to remove the profiles of children under ten.

So why then does this baby's DNA remain on the database?

To further expose her lack of comprehension of the basic tenets of a democratic and just criminal justice system, Ms Smith said it was her intention to treat innocent people with "greater flexibility and fairness".

Errmmm...call me old fashioned...but isn't that what the system was meant to be doing already?

Is Ms Smith suggesting that the system does not, at present, treat innocent people fairly?

Isn't that the hallmark of a dictatorship?

Ms Smith is a fine example of a ZaNuLabour frontbencher:

- lacking in initiative,
- lacking intelligence,
- lacking understanding of the basic principles of law,
- lacking empathy with the voters,
- a failure,
- disliking democracy and,
- ignorant.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nanny Bans Laughing

Nanny Bans LaughingDear oh dear, has it come to this?

Has Nanny so lost her sense of humour, that she has decided to stop the rest of us having a laugh?

Gary Sanders found this out to his cost recently, when he was pulled over by police at the Mersey Tunnel. In his view he had done nothing wrong; ie he had not been speeding, driving in a strange manner or indeed texting.

His crime?

Excessive laughing!

Mr Sanders had been talking on a hands free phone, and was laughing out loud at something said.

The officer who stopped his car at the exit to the Mersey Tunnel told him:

"Laughing while driving a car can be an offence."

Errmmm...is this true?

To add insult to injury, for reasons that have not been made clear, the officer then questioned Mr Sanders for 35 minutes. The questions ranged from Mr Sanders' ethnic group, details of distinguishing scars on his body to the colour of his hair (kind of odd as Mr Sanders has no hair).

Mr Sanders was not charged, but had to spend a further 90 minutes at the police station producing his driving licence and other documents.

The irony is that Superintendent Kevin Hagger, of the Mersey Tunnels Police, said:

"There is no record of the incident in the system so it seems the gentleman was just spoken to by the officer and the matter not taken any further."

So that's alright then!

NOT!!!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Too Wet To Swim

To Wet To Swim
Nanny's Health and Safety Gestapo have taken their anti swimming campaign one step further, as users of the outdoor London Fields Lido in Hackney recently discovered.

The swimmers were warned that they will have to leave the water if it rains too much, because of health and safety rules. Seemingly it might be difficult for lifeguards to see the bottom of the pool, if rain makes the water too cloudy.

Staff have been instructed to close the pool when the rainfall becomes excessive.

Now this may at first sight seem all very well and sensible. However, I would ask this, if rain poses such a danger how come outdoor pools have been operating without such a rule for the last 80 years or so?

I would also ask this, aside from rain making it difficult to see the bottom, what about sunshine reflecting from the surface of the water?

Surely that is an equal, if not more serious, hazard to visibility?

Will outdoor pools be closed when it is sunny?

It is all very well legislating against every possible contingency, but there comes a point where even the most die hard Nanny and Health and Safety Officer must realise that you cannot eliminate risk altogether.

People are going to have accidents and die, whatever Nanny does to try to stop it.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I Feel The Need For Speed!

I Feel The Need For Speed!I see that Nanny is about to cut the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph, in her view this will reduce the number of deaths on the roads.

As her Roads Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick, said:

"..we are killing 3,000 people a year on our roads, it would be irresponsible not to do something about it...."

Well I wonder precisely who the "we" are that he refers to?

Doesn't he get the point that "responsibility" comes from the individual, and should not be imposed by the state?

Anyhoo, as to whether these 3,000 corpses a year are as a result of someone doing 60 on clear sunny day on an open road, or some prat doing 50 on a fog bound lane 1 metre away from someone's exhaust pipe remains a mystery that Nanny will not enlighten us about.

I am sure that by cutting the speed limit to 50, the 3,000 deaths per annum will magically stop!

That aside, here is rather an interesting factoid about Nanny's plans. Nanny will change the speed limit, but will not change the signs (a white circle with a black stripe).

Why would this be a problem?

Well, you see, local councils can if they wish apply to keep the speed limit at 60. Thus leaving the motorist a tad confused.

The good news for Nanny though is she will use this change to erect (can I say erect at this time of day?) more speed cameras, with a view to catching all who flout her new rules. Those who are caught will of course, kerrching!!, have to pay a fine.

A nice little earner by anyone's standards!

By the way, in case any of you are thinking that I am griping over this because it means I can't drive my sports cars at 60 down country lanes anymore, fear not.

I haven't driven since 1996, and do not own a car!

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Prat of The Week - Saving Us From Ourselves

Prat of The WeekTis a Monday morning, and time methinks to award my prestigious "Prat of The Week" Award.

This week it goes to Dr Alan Maryon Davis, whose claim to fame is being a "public health expert".

Dr Davis receives this award for a media interview he gave last month, when he pronounced that we as a people need "more Nannying" rather than less.

Dr Davis stated that there is evidence that people want to see the government doing more to help us avoid diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.

He believes that there is a tacit acceptance by the people of the UK that all of us need not only more information and guidance from government, but also more legislation to save us from ourselves.

Funny that, the belief I have is that people are heartily fed up with state interference in our lives. Maybe I am mixing with the wrong sort of people, and Dr Davis has his finger better placed on the pulse of the nation than I?

Dr Davis basis his belief, that we want more state interference, on the "fact" that there has been "massive support" for smoke-free public spaces and workplaces throughout the UK.

Am I living on another planet?

I get the very real impression, from the real people that I talk to, that people are well pissed off with the smoke ban.

He wants to press for more legislation to improve and protect health, eg banning smoking in cars with a child on board. He also wants to start targeting the alcohol and "junk" food industries. As I have warned many times, once the anti fag brigade won their battle wrt fags they would next target booze and food.

He wants the government to "get tough".

In his view this is not 'Nannying", but "responsible government acting on behalf of a consenting public".

"Consenting"???

Surely he means docile, placid and manipulated?

Dr Alan Maryon Davis, not only a well deserving "Prat of The Week" but a very dangerous man who would strip away our freedoms one by one in the name of "health".

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Friday, March 06, 2009

The Court of Public Opinion

Lynch Mob
Harriet Harman (mooted by some delusional idiots as being a possible "leader") exposed her ignorance and disdain for the rule of law the other day.

Harman played up to ZaNuLabour's hatred of Sir Fred "The Shred", and its desire to divert public attention away from Brown's failings wrt regulation, by stating the the "court of public opinion" outweighed the rule of law.

Aside from the very obvious stupidity and ignorance of Harman, wrt how the law works in a civilised democracy, her comments should send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy.

By stating that public opinion outweighs the law, she is encouraging a lynch mob mentality in order to satisfy her own short term political ends and in order to conduct a vendetta against a particlualr individual that ZaNuLabour have taken a dislike to.

Be warned, when the state whips up lynch mobs and questions the rule of law, dictatorship is sure to follow.

ZaNuLabour have shown themselves, thanks to Harman's ignorant outburst, in their true colours. The time has come to put them out of our misery once and for all.

I have given Harman some advice on one of my other sites, she should be aware that lynch mobs can turn on those who set them up!

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Big Brother In The Classroom

Big Brother In The Classroom
I see that Nanny intends to install CCTV into schools, ostensibly to monitor the performance of teachers.

Seemingly some cameras are so powerful that they can pick up what pupils are writing in their exercise books, or what's on their computer screens.

Given the lousy quality of teaching in some schools, and the appalling behaviour of some kids, there is a theoretical case (at a pinch) for this "initiative".

However, I cannot in any way shape or form support this idea.

The UK has more CCTV cameras than any other country in the world, we are rapidly descending into a real live version of Orwell's fiction "1984". Cameras in schools would merely condition children into accepting day to day monitoring, and would be a further step down the road to dictatorship.

This "initiative" should be resisted.

I would also note that given Nanny's obsession with children not being photographed by adults (even parents at school plays and sports days), I am at a loss to understand how she can ignore her own rules about photographs in such an "in your face" manner.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Tesco and ID Cards

Big Brother
It seems that Tesco are again trying to help Nanny impose ID cards by the back door, as Karen Dumelow (46) found to her cost the other day.

Mrs Dumelow was shopping at her local Tesco in Portsmouth, with her 14 year old daughter Emily, and presented for purchase two bottles of wine at the check out.

Can you guess what happened next?

Yes, that's right, the cashier said that she could not serve her in case the wine was given to Emily.

Mrs Dumelow then spoke to three senior members of staff, all of whom sided with with the cashier, they wanted to see identification for Emily.

How would that have helped, given that Emily was under age and that the alleged reason for not selling the wine was that Mrs Dumelow would give it to Emily?

Additionally of course, as Emily was 14, she didn't have any ID!

To add insult to injury, having sent Emily back to the car, Mrs Dumelow was then able to buy the wine from the same cashier.

Ermmm...but according to Tesco logic doesn't that mean she could still give Emily the wine in the car?

Clearly Tesco have an agenda which defies logic!

Mrs Dumelow then wrote to Tesco head office telling them what she thought of them, only then did they admit they were idiots.

Quote:

"We work hard to prevent under-age sales, including proxy sales where adults purchase alcohol for under-18s. However in this instance we got it wrong and sincerely apologise."

A smal point Tesco, it is pefectly legal for a parent to give their child a drink at home.

Clearly an eye needs to be kept on Tesco!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Nanny's Insurance Scam

Nanny's Insurance ScamYou know how Nanny's local councils are always putting the mockers on events and activities organised by their local residents, by insisting that insurance cover (to the value of at least £5M) is purchased?

Well here is a wee irony for you.

As and when someone has the temerity to claim against council insurance, the council won't pay up.

Such was the case for Mark Jones of Normacot, who having left his car on Hamilton Road on 19 December found that it had been hit by a bin lorry which had skidded on the ice.

Mr Jones duly made a claim of £2K for damage done to his vehicle, but was surprised to find out that the council's insurers (Zurich) refused to pay up.

For why?

Because the road was icy!

A council spokesman said:

"We are sorry to hear of this accident but our insurers have not accepted the claim.

This is because there was no negligence on the part of our driver who was driving very slowly, carefully and cautiously in icy conditions
."

So there you have it, insurance companies used by local councils will not pay up where they determine that the person who caused the accident was being careful.

Isn't that the definition of an accident, ie a cock up that is no one's fault?

In other words they won't pay when there is an accident!

Isn't that what insurance is meant to cover?

As I have said before, insurance companies are screwing local councils (ie the local tax payers) right up the posterior, because they see them as a soft touch; and the local councils are bending over and taking it without any fuss.

Truly a rip off, perpetrated on the long suffering local taxpayer by the councils and the insurance companies!

FYI, the insurance companies are next in line for the toxic contagion that has hit the banking sector. Then all the dodgy practices of our "safe/reliable" insurance companies (these being the same companies to sold endowment polices) will come out in the open, like pus from a scab.

You heard it here first!

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Monday, March 02, 2009

1984 - Creeping Surveillance

1984
I am pleased to see that Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, gave a stark warning in the Times about the dangers of "hardwiring surveillance" into the British way of life.

He warns, as indeed this site has been warning for several years, that "creeping surveillance" in the public and private sectors has gone "too far, too fast" and risks undermining democracy.

He is particularly worried about the the database that Nanny wants to build that will contains details of every telephone call, e-mail and text message.

He is quoted:

"In the last 10 or 15 years a great deal of surveillance in public and private places has been extended without sufficient thought to the risks and consequences.

Our society is based on liberty and democracy. I do not want to see excessive surveillance hardwired into British society
."

Adding:

"A government-run database of the communications of all citizens, every phone call, every e-mail, every text, every internet use; a database of all those activities held by the Government would be a step too far for the British way of life.

That A has telephoned B on a particular date from a particular location is actually quite intrusive.

If an MP logged on to a site selling Viagra, that tells you quite a lot. If a 16-year-old girl goes on to a website about abortion that tells you an awful lot about her too.

I don't think there's a black-and-white distinction between traffic data and content.
"

Mr Thomas is also none too impressed with the requirements by some local police forces for all pubs, clubs etc to have CCTV monitoring their customers.

Quote:

"We've come out against the requirement for pub licensees to fit CCTV as a condition of their licence.

This is hardwiring surveillance into British pubs. It is unacceptable
."

The fundamental question that Nanny and her chums in local councils and the police need to be asked, and answer clearly, is this:

Exactly who is the suspect?

The answer, based on Nanny's actions, is that we are all suspects.

That situation is intolerable, a healthy democracy cannot survive under conditions of such suspicion and mass observation.

ZaNuLabour is intent on destroying democracy.

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