In my first post for nearly three months I’ll be speaking briefly about one of the thousands of ridiculous issues in our society that has irritated me today.
But first, I would like to take a second to not only offer my condolences to the people of France, but also congratulating the French people on how to conduct yourself in a responsible, human manner in the wake of such terrible violence like which we seen in Paris last week.
The people of the Republic truly have proven that terror will not prevail over peoples who wish to live in an open society where freedom of speech and thought are seen as rights to all, not privileges of a certain religious group or faith.
In the wake of the attacks, here in the UK I have seen several articles and pieces regarding Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposals to protect the UK and its citizens.
Now, many would automatically assume that would involve perhaps increasing funding to security services, to police services nationwide and/or to maintain a higher level of vigilance regarding radicalisation of young people within communities or places of worship.
If you are one of these people then I truly applaud you for retaining some level of reason or logic, because David Cameron has suggested plans that involve nothing less than the restriction of information and a completely giant “F*** you” to the very society we live in.
Plans to ban ‘secure communications apps’ such as What’s App, Snapchat and other platforms are an affront to everything democratic in our society.
- What right does our government have to restrict me from contacting my family in the United States via What’s App? – A very handy app that opens millions up to an easy form of communication.
- What right does our government have to prevent me sending ridiculous ‘selfies’ to my friends and family?
- What right does our government have to tell me how I should communicate at all?
None. It has absolutely none whatsoever.
All of this will of course be pursued by policy makers – and sold to the public by our politicians – under the auspices of “protecting us” from terrorism.
“The attacks in Paris demonstrated the scale of the threat that we face and the need to have robust powers through our intelligence and security agencies in order to keep our people safe,” – David Cameron, Monday 12th January 2015
With this year’s General Election drawing ever closer, it would be wise to add that not only would a move such as this be the end of Cameron’s dream of keeping his awfully hard fought place in Downing Street…But also signal the beginning of a new era in British society.
We currently live in the most watched nation in the world, a nation in which GCHQ and other intelligence services are near unimpeachable in regards to their activities. Not to mention the fact we live in a ‘CCTV Society’ – In which virtually every aspect of public life is monitored, 24-hours a day. Think about it, how many times a day will you have been caught on camera?
To introduce such legislation would continue to damage the very fabric of our supposed ‘democracy’.
Furthermore, enforcing such legislation would be a logistical nightmare and no doubt cost time, resources and money. All of which could be better spent on actually preventing acts of terrorism – Rather than preventing Shirley from Doncaster having a quick text chat with her Mother in Spain.
It is up to the people, the electorate to prevent such a thing from happening contact your MP, sign any potential petitions that may come, make your voice heard. To protect democracy we must respect the very fundamental aspects of the system.
However, no doubt the masses will be glued to their television screens watching all the latest drivel from the Big Brother house.
Similar to Roman Empire era tactics of scaring the populous into support, they’ll bombard us with news stories of the big bad barbarians at our borders who seek to murder, rape and pillage everything in their wake until we grow tired, conform and follow them into some Orwellian-type society, where you can’t even think without these dinosaurs monitoring it.