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Wednesday 19 August 2009

The flow of freedom is reversed

A good article over in the Times by Adam LeBor where he considers that the Eastern Bloc countries are now freer than the UK .

The birthplace of political liberties, the home of the Magna Carta, is now one of the most intrusive democracies in the world. Labour governments have introduced surveillance and monitoring systems of which the communists could only dream.

An interesting fact is that most of the commentators on the article in the Times agree with him.

Read it here.

Not my type of job

You know you shouldn't play with electricity but..................

H/T to Theo

More Police stupidity

Following on from my last post, you can see in this article, why I don't want the Police to have anymore power than they have already got.

Mr Guard, who makes documentaries about crime and the homeless, was filming squatters entering a disused building through an open window at 10pm on August 1.

A security sensor inside detected the movement and the alarm was triggered.

The squatters fled but Mr Guard, a former electrician, decided to stay behind and turn off the alarm to save neighbouring families from the noise.

To do so he had to turn on the electricity in the building for a few seconds, to give him light, and then turn it off.

Nine police then arrived in response to the alarm. When Mr Guard told them what he had done, he was arrested and held in a cell for six hours before being charged.

Film maker is taken to court for stealing 0.003p - at a cost of over £5,000 to the taxpayer

It beggars belief. Especially as they used 9 plods to arrest him.