UK Liberty

CCTV in the home

Posted in control freakery by ukliberty on August 30, 2007

A number of blogs have angrily responded to a story in the Herald:

A controversial plan for CCTV to be used to protect children in the homes of chaotic drug-abusing parents has been proposed by one of Scotland’s most eminent drugs experts.

“What price should we put on our privacy?” said Mr McKeganey. “The question is whether we are prepared to say the principle of the privacy of family life is more important than that of child protection. If we accept that privacy is the most important principle then there will be many more tragic cases.

“I am aware that this will be controversial but believe the debate needs to be had. We have become used to the proliferation of CCTV cameras within public spaces. We have also become used to the idea that those cameras are an effective tool in crime prevention. What we have not considered though is their possible use in private spaces.”

To those that say, “George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was a novel, not a manual” – wouldn’t life be better if it was a manual?

Obviously we can do without the drab environments and poor working conditions. But I for one wouldn’t mind being woken up to do some exercise.

“Thirty to forty group!’ yapped a piercing female voice. ‘Thirty to forty group! Take your places, please. Thirties to forties!”

“Arms bending and stretching!” she rapped out. “Take your time by me. One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! Come on, comrades, put a bit of life into it! One, two, three four! One two, three, four!…”

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