Thursday, 8 May 2008


They cover British streets like a pox. Wherever you look, you’ll spy one, spying you. On a typical day you can be spied on up to 300 times. Yes, those damned CCTV cameras. And now, it seems, the con is out.
The Police recently announced that just 3% of London’s street robberies are solved using CCTV. Placed under the premise of law and order, the reality has turned out to be very different.
So why do we have them? Well, the scare tactic allowed us to let it happen. But as to why, that’s easy. It makes us comfortable with the idea of a controlling surveillance society. And once comfortable, other measures soon follow.
I guess someone should tell this government Orwell’s 1984 is a novel, not a manual.

© Anthony North, May 2008

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Sandee (Comedy +) said...

The government has always wanted total control. They will take as much as we allow. Camera's are all over the place here too, and for the same reason. They scare us into thinking we have to have them. Very well said. Have a great day Anthony. :)

anthonynorth said...

Hi Sandee,
This is it. It is natural for governments to want to control. They used to do it through ideology, Now they do it through fear.
It seems to be working better than the former, because too many believe them.

the teach said...

The powers that be in NYC should read your post, anthony, they are still mounting cameras all over the city...

BTW yes, I agree the picture of the temporary housing for the China earthquake victims is strange. Little square boxes next to one another...odd.

anthonynorth said...

Hi the teach,
Yes, its madness. But the central madness is that we allow it to happen.

earthlingorgeous said...

Ah we don't have much CCTV cameras here even banks and big malls don't have it yet. That is scary to hear you are like being followed anywhere you go. Thanks for dropping by my blog and for the comment you left.

Brenda said...

I've seen news reports about these cameras and have wondered what people in Britain thought about them. Thanks for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

Actually I feel safer with the camera's in lonely corners and subway tunnels. And let's be honest: we have to have them. Street robberies happen more often than not.