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Saturday, 18 April 2009
Taking photographs is not allowed


Upon reflection the above is a self-portrait. It is also a museum-piece in Berlin: a poster which states

Taking photos is not allowed

in several languages. It is a reminder of the cold-war regime in East Germany which was maintained by the Stasi. It reminded me of the police state that I used to live in: where unjust laws and arbitrary police powers were used to maintain an unjust status quo. While I think it is spurious to equate East Germany or apartheid South Africa with the United Kingdom today, there are certain comparisons to be made.

As recently as 2001 it was regarded as “a bit of a joke” that a group of British plane-spotters could be arrested in Greece on suspicion of spying (even if it was a “Greek tragedy” for those involved) . The United Kingdom collectively looked down her nose at the sub-standard democrazy of Greece. It could never have happened here. Yet today not too dissimilar events are actually happening here in the UK.

I won’t go into all the things that I find disturbing. In August 2007 our man inside wrote about the creeping appearance of the police state in Britain today, and this covers several areas.

Just consider the practical application of some of the laws that were introduced in the UK in the war against terrorism:

Some of this would be mildly amusing in a democratic state if it weren’t for some of the consequences.

Posted by bigblue on 18/04/2009 at 04:05 PM
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I did not realise that the UK now has indefinite detention—I thought Gordon Brown was still struggling to get 90 days.

Posted by SteveH  on  24/04/2009  at  05:19 PM

Yes, the government has only managed to get 28 days detention for residents and citizens. However it has employed indefinite detention against non-domiciles. It is this that the European Court of Human Rights ruled was unfair discrimination.

Posted by bigblue  on  25/04/2009  at  09:35 AM

Did you see this:

Posted by mojo  on  25/04/2009  at  07:22 PM

Yes, and in the news today the police attempt to recruit spies in climate activist groups.

Also see the post (and comments) at Notes from Underground.

Posted by bigblue  on  25/04/2009  at  07:51 PM

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