Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Saturday, 24 October 2015
This post is a barrel of laughs
The past few days (and nights) have been taken up with pub politics, attempting to prevent the management from installing CCTV cameras inside the peaceful, family bar.
I think the UK has the most camera surveillance in the world (even more than the hot-spots which could really use it) so it has been nice to go for a couple of pints in the local without being observed and recorded. Of course, I have to pass under about 8 government cameras to get there from our house, but - sad to say - I have sort of got used to them. I don't want to have to get used to them in the pub as well, even if I have nothing to hide.
The crazy thing about the street cameras is that they do not prevent late-night violence within their line of sight, nor do they deter it. They don't even bring a swift response from the police, even though they are monitored by humans in a basement. There aren't many police in Bath at night in any case, and pretty soon there will be no police station either.
If a particularly serious crime takes place and is likely to be on film, the police will trawl back through the footage to examine it, and the image quality is usually so bad that they have to resort to looking at the CCTV footage of nearby shops to see if they have anything of better quality. Considering these cameras are installed at a cost of about £40,000 each, it might be better to spend the money on night patrols than Mickey Mouse cameras.
I am one of those TalkTalk customers whose data has been snitched by a Russian Jihadi group of criminals, so now I am waiting for my overdraft to be cleared by them, and my cards to be maxed-out to the limit. TalkTalk are unable to confirm that the personal data had been encrypted, which - in layman's language - means that they certainly have not. I would like to go into the homepage and change my password (unless it has already been changed for me) but right now, the Metropolitan Police are going through the virtual procedure of pulling out all the drawers and emptying the virtual contents upside-down onto virtual desks.
It could well be that I will find myself funding ISIL in the very near future, and the scale of this rip-off is so great that I cannot see the authorities actually getting my overdraft paid back by the banks who they are so keen to protect, and TalkTalk itself may even go under, so there may be a break in service as far as this particular blog goes.
Come to think of it, I may not be able to afford to go to the pub shortly either, so what do I care if there are cameras installed in it or not?