New students may be asked about family or money problems on their UK university admission forms. The idea is to identify those from impoverished backgrounds. Some would say this is the Nanny State again, but could it be something far more worrying?
Authorities in Britain seem to be gaining a mania for information about us. Minor offenders will be asked for their DNA, identity cards are posed as a central information source about everyone, ideas exist for road charges organized by satellites that watch everywhere we go. And don’t forget CCTV Pox in all our towns.
We are said to live in an Information Age, fuelled by the computer and forming the idea that information is power. Yet he who tries to organize anything to this degree is usually called an obsessive compulsive. Does this also apply to authorities?
The authorities’ mania for information can be seen as a form of collective neurosis. A neurosis, as such, is not harmful, but can so easily grow into a much more dangerous psychosis. Should this happen, we can say goodbye to freedom.
© Anthony North, April 2007
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