Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: Britain's 'Big Brother' grows bigger and uglier, by the bloody day

25 March 2009

Britain's 'Big Brother' grows bigger and uglier, by the bloody day


What's the difference between Brown, Blair, Obama, Bush and Orwell's Big (1984) Brother?


Not a lot.


Phone companies are already required to store details of all calls, such as the time and date, location and who made them, for 12 months for possible use in criminal investigations or court cases.

An EU directive ordering data on internet traffic to be stored in a similar way is due to come into effect in the UK on Monday, 6 April.

The government is also considering proposals to store all communications data on a single database, which may be run by a private company.


So what else is new?

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Anonymous kiwi said...

AND case anyone didn't know, the UK already leads the world when comparing outside street CCTV cameras per head of population.

3:43 pm  
Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

The government in the UK some ago started to go nuts and it was quite a while before the media even caught up with it properly, in fact it was in something of a denial about it for some time, until it started getting to the point you just couldn't really ignore it anymore.

There is no other choice but to fight this stuff on principle, and saddening to see that there are still opposition politicians and the framework the media provides itself that tries to fight it by attacking the practicalities, which is a mistake.

It's utterly dehumanising, it's utterly demeaning, it's utterly destructive and it has to stop one way or another.

I remember a couple of years ago a guy from the London School of Economics said that the problem with this stuff is that people simply don't know how to respond to it, and lot of this stuff this crazy government has got planned is simply unprecedented.

7:53 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

Pfff... all that's small beer compared to the ID card/biometric database proposal, reminder: see NO2ID.

9:23 pm  
Blogger Nevin said...

In the book by Naomi Klein, the Shock Doctrine, she argues that (in short): The governments of the world usually wait for a catastrophic even to accrue, and when it does, they are able to implement the worst kind of oppressive system upon the masses. Because the public is usually pretty shocked at what is going on around them that they keep quite and except the drastic changes taking place within the country. She gives many examples to support her idea….

In the case of UK, after the underground and bus bombings, the public was so shocked and scared that they believed “giving up civil liberties for freedom” was a good thing. In fact, both liberty and freedom is the same thing but government dilutes and confuses everything in people’s minds, where they stop asking questions and just except the out come…

George Orwell said this many years ago… He was pure genius…!

11:59 pm  
Blogger Ardent said...

'The government is also considering proposals to store all communications data on a single database, which may be run by a private company.'

No doubt a Jewish private company.

1:45 am  
Anonymous R J Adams said...

9/11 has been such a boon to governments around the world, it leaves one pondering who orchestrated it.

2:07 am  
Anonymous Rex said...

Don't forget the new micro-chip+electronic passports.

They're going to have great fun stopping old brit pensioners and the like from heading off for some sunshine too often.
Sick people convalessing+etc too

Er................ ahem?

9:34 am  
Blogger Nevin said...

Ardent, it's so lovely to see you here... :)

3:27 pm  
Blogger Sean Jeating said...

[Nevin, Ardent, what a pleasure for my eyes. :) ]

Indeed; and there's no (happy) end in sight.
Only yesterday there was another feature on German TV about 'Big Brother' in Britain.
Can't understand why not more people would speak out and make f.e. an election-criterion of this.
The latter doesn't go only for Britain, by the way.

5:27 pm  
Anonymous bootlean said...


Prior to the illegal invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, 2 million Brits took to the streets to protest. Over a million in London alone.

What happened? Mainstream media almost ignored it as per British government 'instructions'. Even the scant, few and far between reports that did make it to press reports were over & done with almost before the marches were finished.

How many million will it take to make "them" take notice of "the people?"

8:24 pm  
Blogger Sean Jeating said...

yes! I do vividly remember the very Saturday when millions of people from Sidney San Francisco, from Rome to Rio said 'No', as I waited until the absolute deadline in order to add a photo from the U.S.A. to have a 'complete collage' for the Sunday newspapers.
Reuters offered exactly three photos covering ... guess ... a demonstration of Vietnam-veterans wishing 'their boys' good luck in Iraq.
For sure, there are quite a few journalists to be found in the 'mainstream media', but yes you are right.
And - sadly - I don't have a proper answer to your question.
Once diving one soon has to realise that it very complex a matter.
No reason to give up, though, hm? :)


10:31 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

I'm another old Brit who wont ever give up. However, I fear that we've left it too late already.
My children's children may live to enjoy the changes the world's peoples so badly need. I hope so.

10:59 pm  
Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

"Only yesterday there was another feature on German TV about 'Big Brother' in Britain."

All around the world, people look at the UK ask what the hell is going on here.

And never give up guys!

12:12 am  

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