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Local Snoop's Charter

Councils to be given power to snoop on calls and emails - Telegraph

Towns halls, along with police, security services and other public bodies will be able to view "communications" details of any one suspected of crime...will have access to data such as who was called or texted and when or which websites were visited...
But critics fear the move will simply pave the way for authorities to spy on millions of citizens and taxpayers.
The power is contained in a new statutory order quietly laid before parliament yesterday.
If approved, it will come into effect from next month...

And for a hint as to how this brave new world will feel here's another story from today:

Primary school receptionist 'facing sack' after daughter talks about Jesus to classmate - Telegraph
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Her daughter Jasmine had been overheard by a teacher discussing heaven and God with a friend and had been pulled to one side and told off.
On January 22, Mrs Cain went to pick up her children from the 275-strong primary school.
"My daughter burst into tears, her face was all red and she was clearly upset.
"She said 'my teacher told me I couldn't talk about Jesus' – I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
"She said she was taken aside in the classroom and told she couldn't say that. I was so shocked, I didn't know what to do."
Mrs Cain said she decided to wait until she wasn't working to discuss the issue with the teacher as a parent rather than an employee.
But she was called into The Headmaster's office the next day over another matter before he started discussing Jasmine.
"He started talking about my daughter about how he wasn't happy about her making statements about her faith.
"At that point I froze, I felt very small and I felt trapped as I was a junior member of staff."
That weekend, she emailed a prayer request from her personal computer at home to 10 trusted friends from her church.
"I asked them to please pray for us, please pray for Jasmine, please pray for the school and pray for the church."
A few days later she was called back into the Headmaster's office.
"I didn't think at this point I could be more stunned. He had in his hand a copy of my private, personal email and it was highlighted all the way through.
"He said that he was going to investigate me for professional misconduct because I had been making allegations about the school and staff to members of the public."

Comments

Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet.

What the fuck is 'Call Me Dave' doing about this? He should be gathering up evidence of all this shite and promising to repeal every last law, guideline and petty rule. But what is the useless lump of posturing Brylcream doing? Fuck all!

I'm so angry! And I'm not a Christian...

And I forgot to say... is the educational establishment recruiting exclusively from asylums, homes for the bewildered and the terminally stupid? How do people like that headmaster actually manage to get a job even as a teaching assistant? Why doesn't Dave or Gordon say something? One can only assume that their silence is a tacit agreement to this lunacy. We need to do a few more Shoesmiths on these types. And instant sacking for that wanker of a headteacher and wholesale clearout of the governors. But then, we all know, school governors are mostly made up of other teachers, councillors and odd busybodies. No normal people get involved because it's so tedious and tied up in central bureaucracy. Perhaps Fatty Balls will speak up on this.

Welcome to their world.

If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

The question of the incompetence of the education establishment, an operation of government vastly expanded since the period 1800 or so in the old Atlantic West, throws into relief the basic problem confronting free people. It is a question of how far we may go as free men and women who are the heirs of a specific common law tradition, in the direction of fostering top heavy public authority. Clearly there is in play a hard drive from below (!) for more and more 'opportunities' in this realm. However, the question of governance as viewed from the angle of the career demands of participants remains -- from the viewpoint of citizens! -- how do /we/ provide decently for the entertainment and other therapeutic needs of the governmental types of personality among us, their very real emotional hunger to tell others what to do and so forth, whilst protecting the hard won constitutional outer limits on this type of human self indulgence? The fact that rationalisations such as 'national emergency' increasingly are employed ever since especially the late-modern age to justify the exercise of raw power over others is, when one thinks of it, a sign in itself of actual human progress. These 'public service' gentry are not now wholly immune to the promptings of conscience in other words, certainly not in the same way for example as was a dionysian Julius Caesar or an hysterical Alexander. Indeed, conscience as we have conceived of it in the West throughout the mediaeval and renascence periods may well be said to not have been the broad property of classical mankind. And so it is up to us to remember what Old Churchill called the 'moral theme' in History. Hence we had ought to help along our still morally ambiguous friends and neighbours, these children of a lesser god and 'the state', these poor souls limbered with what I have called public or 'liberallist', professionalistc, psychologies. It is a bitter and destructive kind of handicap, this loathsonme drive and disease of hypercrendetiallism, and it is at last on all fours with the usual inclinatons to animal cruelty and drunkeness. One thing we do in this real emergency is to cut off funding for sinecures and lavish incomes, of course. The other is to provide an amplitude of volunteer opportunities in the local community, and on the neighbourhood level. This last is the /sine qua non/ and it is but a healthy form of homeostasis, of course. Simply, the re-localisation of the public business will enable people among themselves to detect for example the eleemosynary machinations of the odd statistical paedophile or police-type to surface from time to time, and thwart these miserable people in their disguised predations....

As matters now stand, the greater and greater role of government -- this, alas, is entirely so regardless of sincere initial rationale by decent individuals -- means only that the statistical sociopaths among us find over time ever more opportunities immune from control, to do harm to everyone.

The question of the incompetence of the education establishment, an operation of government vastly expanded since the period 1800 or so in the old Atlantic West, throws into relief the basic problem confronting free people. It is a question of how far we may go as free men and women who are the heirs of a specific common law tradition, in the direction of fostering top heavy public authority. Clearly there is in play a hard drive from below (!) for more and more 'opportunities' in this realm. However, the question of governance as viewed from the angle of the career demands of participants remains -- from the viewpoint of citizens! -- how do /we/ provide decently for the entertainment and other therapeutic needs of the governmental types of personality among us, their very real emotional hunger to tell others what to do and so forth, whilst protecting the hard won constitutional outer limits on this type of human self indulgence? The fact that rationalisations such as 'national emergency' increasingly are employed ever since especially the late-modern age to justify the exercise of raw power over others is, when one thinks of it, a sign in itself of actual human progress. These 'public service' gentry are not now wholly immune to the promptings of conscience in other words, certainly not in the same way for example as was a dionysian Julius Caesar or an hysterical Alexander. Indeed, conscience as we have conceived of it in the West throughout the mediaeval and renascence periods may well be said to not have been the broad property of classical mankind. And so it is up to us to remember what Old Churchill called the 'moral theme' in History. Hence we had ought to help along our still morally ambiguous friends and neighbours, these children of a lesser god and 'the state', these poor souls limbered with what I have called public or 'liberallist', professionalistc, psychologies. It is a bitter and destructive kind of handicap, this loathsonme drive and disease of hypercrendetiallism, and it is at last on all fours with the usual inclinatons to animal cruelty and drunkeness. One thing we do in this real emergency is to cut off funding for sinecures and lavish incomes, of course. The other is to provide an amplitude of volunteer opportunities in the local community, and on the neighbourhood level. This last is the /sine qua non/ and it is but a healthy form of homeostasis, of course. Simply, the re-localisation of the public business will enable people among themselves to detect for example the eleemosynary machinations of the odd statistical paedophile or police-type to surface from time to time, and thwart these miserable people in their disguised predations....

As matters now stand, the greater and greater role of government -- this, alas, is entirely so regardless of sincere initial rationale by decent individuals -- means only that the statistical sociopaths among us find over time ever more opportunities immune from control, to do harm to everyone.

The question of the incompetence of the education establishment, an operation of government vastly expanded since the period 1800 or so in the old Atlantic West, throws into relief the basic problem confronting free people. It is a question of how far we may go as free men and women who are the heirs of a specific common law tradition, in the direction of fostering top heavy public authority. Clearly there is in play a hard drive from below (!) for more and more 'opportunities' in this realm. However, the question of governance as viewed from the angle of the career demands of participants remains -- from the viewpoint of citizens! -- how do /we/ provide decently for the entertainment and other therapeutic needs of the governmental types of personality among us, their very real emotional hunger to tell others what to do and so forth, whilst protecting the hard won constitutional outer limits on this type of human self indulgence? The fact that rationalisations such as 'national emergency' increasingly are employed ever since especially the late-modern age to justify the exercise of raw power over others is, when one thinks of it, a sign in itself of actual human progress. These 'public service' gentry are not now wholly immune to the promptings of conscience in other words, certainly not in the same way for example as was a dionysian Julius Caesar or an hysterical Alexander. Indeed, conscience as we have conceived of it in the West throughout the mediaeval and renascence periods may well be said to not have been the broad property of classical mankind. And so it is up to us to remember what Old Churchill called the 'moral theme' in History. Hence we had ought to help along our still morally ambiguous friends and neighbours, these children of a lesser god and 'the state', these poor souls limbered with what I have called public or 'liberallist', professionalistc, psychologies. It is a bitter and destructive kind of handicap, this loathsonme drive and disease of hypercrendetiallism, and it is at last on all fours with the usual inclinatons to animal cruelty and drunkeness. One thing we do in this real emergency is to cut off funding for sinecures and lavish incomes, of course. The other is to provide an amplitude of volunteer opportunities in the local community, and on the neighbourhood level. This last is the /sine qua non/ and it is but a healthy form of homeostasis, of course. Simply, the re-localisation of the public business will enable people among themselves to detect for example the eleemosynary machinations of the odd statistical paedophile or police-type to surface from time to time, and thwart these miserable people in their disguised predations....

As matters now stand, the greater and greater role of government -- this, alas, is entirely so regardless of sincere initial rationale by decent individuals -- means only that the statistical sociopaths among us find over time ever more opportunities immune from control, to do harm to everyone.

Stutter, Emmett?

And I guess that the poor woman's ten trusted friends are not so trustworthy, after all -- or does the school have access to her private email?

Both options are not good.

Probably as she is a school receptionist, the woman used her school account to send the e-mails. That would account for the school having a copy. Still rather OTT to discipline her for asking ten friends to pray for her in what she saw as her time of trouble. Over here in Canada, asking people to pray for you and yours is a routine matter which generally passes without comment. Why did the school make such a big deal about it? Are they anti-christian or something? The rights of the individual don't seen to be very prevalent in the UK right now. Glad I don't live there any more.

P.S."This post is not meant to offend those of a religious or non-religious persuasion; but if there's any talentless little UK bureaucrat out there who takes issue with the wording, they can fuck right off to hell."

Crediton is the birthplace of St. Boniface who Christianised many Germanic people back in the first millenium.

Having said that it is also a deeply conservative neck of the woods and I wouldn't want to be identified as a persecuter of Christians. What planet are they on?

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