Daily Archives: February 28, 2011

Police spy on you at petrol stations

Where was the informed debate on this?
Where was the informed debate on this?

I saw this at a petrol station recently. OK, I can see that it is in the interest of the petrol station owner to log the registration plates of cars in case they drive off without paying. But I can recall no informed debate about whether this data should be automatically made available to the police!

Democracy my arse! Gradually, using fear of crime and terrorism, the state increases the control that it has over the individual. “You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide” whine the naive and trusting. This is bollocks. History shows that if authorities are given powers they will abuse them.

It’s also a bit rich to advertise it as “neighbourhood policing”. You’d have to have truly Orwellian mind to consider a nationwide network of CCTV cameras to be  neighbourly.

Birdcage Jazz

Birdcage Jazz - Harriet Butler
Birdcage Jazz - Harriet Butler

I saw this somewhere in the Lanes in Brighton in December 2010. I think it was probably a place called Bellis, 8-9 Kings Rd, BN1 1NE. I just downloaded the image from my phone and noticed the apparent photograph of the window in the background. I was a bit mystified but now I realise that this was a reflection and I took the photo through a shop window. I think it looks quite good, though, Ms. Butler might prefer the original.