A lot has been written over the past 48 hours about the government's plans to reenact scenes from V for Vendetta
Plans for a massive expansion of ‘Big Brother’ state surveillance to cover every phone call, email, text message and internet visit in Britain were unveiled yesterday.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith claimed
that storing details of individuals’ communications was vital to prevent further terrorist atrocities.
Activities which will be subject to snooping for the first time include visits
to social networking sites such as Facebook, auction sites such as eBay, gaming websites and chatrooms.
I shall quote the blogging world's Aunty Claire Rayner for a quick summary of what I think:
So, Jacqui-baby, here is what I think...
I think that you should strip the skin from your arms, legs and breasts with a blunt, rusty cheese-grater; you should then go and have a bath in salt (making sure to rub it well into your flayed limbs and tits) and then, whilst still screaming loudly, you should give yourself three hundred papercuts all over your genitals and then scrub then with wire-wool dipped in lemon juice.
However, it doesn't appear that it is as simple as that, as is oft the way.
On 24th October there is a meeting in Luxembourg of the Justice and Home Affairs council.
News reaches me from Brussels that a letter from the UK representation in Brussels (UKREP) sent to MEPs set out the agenda from Sarkozy and the French Presidency for this meeting. It should come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog that the French Presidency have decided, as part of their ongoing plans for further integration, to push ahead in the field of Justice and Home Affairs and push for the EU to make legislation on phone tapping, monitoring internet sites and the such.
adopt the conclusions on the principle of 'convergence' with regard to internal security.Along with the Criminal Records Database and Schengen information I and II.
I shall be making enquiries with UKREP on this and following the council meeting as best I can, but I think it's going to be another situation where the UK population will be woefully uninformed about their real masters, and our government will take the blame for a hateful act rather than admit their loss of powers and what they have hurled this country into.
Seriously. How much are the EU paying our MPs to vote in favour of the EU?