Under the thumb
Hidden mini-cameras and microphones that can eavesdrop on conversations in the street are the next step in the march towards a "Big Brother" society, MPs were warned yesterday.
Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, said a debate had begun about whether listening devices should be set up alongside Britain's 4.5 million CCTV cameras....
He said it was arguable that surveillance in Britain - which is greater than in any other democratic nation - may already have gone too far. It was crucial, he added, to ''proceed with caution'' to avoid creating a climate suspicion.
MPs told Mr Thomas that their constituents were keen on CCTV, which they found reassuring.
That last sentence can be parsed in different ways:
Constituents who MPs have talked too find CCTV reassuring, in which case everyone else needs to let their MPs know their feelings.
MPs find the idea of CCTV reassuring and so do their constituents, of course MPS like the idea of anything that keeps their sheep like voters under the thumb.
MPs find the idea of their constituents being keen on CCTV reassuring, the sheep are happy.
Which ever one it is you have a duty to inform your MP of your views.
It's down to me, oh yeah
The way she talks when she's spoken to
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb
Yeah, it feels alright
Under my thumb
Her eyes are just kept to herself
Under my thumb, well I
I can still look at someone else