Too intrusive by far

Too intrusive by far. This street camera can see into my living room.

This country I live in, this England I call home has changed beyond all belief. We use to pride ourselves on standing up for the weak; for being in the right. The saying suborned by comics ‘Truth, honour and the American way’ use to refer to us, but sadly no longer. We use to be the home of the free and now we’re the home of the surveilled. The U.K. now has more surveillance cameras per head of population than anywhere else on the planet. And, stupid git that I am, it didn’t bother me until very recently … when this camera appeared on the lampost opposite my house.

Supposedly it’s only there to put traffic wardens out of a job. Supposedly. Maybe you loath traffic wardens and maybe you don’t, but putting them out of work by increasing CCTV coverage is out of order. It is an excuse: this is not a big road I live on: it’s a little side street.

Worse: the camera is exactly opposite my living room windows. Underneath, a facetious little yellow on black sign – complete with smiley face – says: “Smile you’re on CCTV.”

No wonder we’re all slowly going downhill and becoming paranoid – in my case not quite so slowly.

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2 comments on “Too intrusive by far

  1. charlotte says:

    Funnily enough, I know exactly what you mean – and what is perhaps another example of our civil liberties being eroded, is the fact, that these cameras can be erected anywhere without our consent. For all you know, the camera-operator could be peering into your living room with a zoom-type lens….? As he munches on his chocolate Hob Nobs and slurps his sugary tea, he could be witnessing your daily ‘anxst’ and any other private everyday activity…..As a servant of ‘Big Brother’ he is legally entitled to ‘watch you’ because he is protecting you …. for your own good and safety. My question.
    Who exactly is he protecting you from …? My advice: Get some well fitted blinds or become an exhibitionist ….

  2. […] This post, from the 13th describes the surveillance camera that ‘appeared’ in the street to the front. The picture above is the view from the back garden door. Windows. Lots of windows, and more curtain twitching surveillance. […]

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