Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 2 April 2012
Nothing to worry about
This pic was sent to me this morning, and reminded me of something said about a large fellow by a friend of mine, when he described him as 'a hard man to drown'.
The caption this morning went along the lines of, "Ever wondered where the term, 'dick-head' came from?"
That's all the justification you're going to get from me about it, because I have bigger fish to fry.
Without wishing to come over as a screaming, left-wing loony, I really think that yesterday's post about G.C.H.Q. here in the UK could really do with a little more discussion. If I were to continue along the lines of the 'Guess who I am' post, then I would come over as a screaming right-wing loony, so in the interests of fairness and balance, I won't.
In any event, 'left' and 'right' have ceased to be opposing positions in politics the world over, and the most extreme example of this is North Korea.
The father of the young family who were recently shot dead by a relative with a shotgun here recently, is - understandably - pressing for the law to be changed whereby all of the 350,000 shotgun owners in the UK are forced to store their guns in a separate place from the ammunition, like the local police station. His 'logic' is that if this action were to save only one life, then it would be worth it. This has never been the case in the past, and it will never - in my view - be the case in the future. That one life would be taken in another way if it were going to be taken at all. In any case, it would not be workable - you might as well ban gun-ownership all together as they have with handguns here in the UK. The banning of handgun private ownership has seen an increase in the use of them by criminals, since the law came into force.
If a father has lost a child to a madman wielding a cricket-bat, could he justifiably ask for the law to be changed so that every cricket club in Britain should be required to store their bats at a police station and get them signed out by the desk sergeant every Sunday morning before a game? Should every household in the country have to collect their kitchen knives from a lock-up before preparing the evening meal?
Same with surveillance in the nanny state.
The argument, 'If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about' just does not justify the unlimited power of G.C.H.Q. and every local authority in Britain to have access to every detail of your private life by looking in on your emails, texts and web searches.
As has been said before, most police forces are so utterly dumb, that they would not know how to use the information anyway, and would be - historically - more likely to use it to settle private vendettas against citizens who they just do not approve of for whatever reason. Sorry to say it, but my faith in the police has been severely dented by long experience of watching them fail to act on water-tight evidence, but using the 'law' to bully people who try to help them with their enquiries, ignoring the real criminals.
If the police are likely to act like this, just think how your local councillor might abuse the power.
If you have nothing to worry about, then they will find something for you to worry about - if they get the chance.