I watched the news last night in utter bewilderment as a Chief Constable wrung his hands and pleaded for forgiveness – for having installed 200 CCTV cameras in what was described as a ‘Muslim’ area.
There are estimated to be around 4.2 million CCTV cameras spying on every action by the British people – they are even installed in public toilets. According to these figures, that works out at around 1 camera for every 14 citizens, and I have never before heard of any apology for this travesty of our privacy.
What precisely ‘is’ a Muslim area? If it an area that non-Muslims are excluded from? Is it an area that the British police have no right to be policing? Is it an area where ‘community leaders’ are the final arbiter of whether the inhabitants are subject to British law?
I don’t agree with any of the CCTV cameras, they are a creepy infringement of our basic right to privacy – but given that we have 4.2 million of them – I am incensed that any particular group of colour, religion, sex or politics, should be able to demand that they be removed, and not only removed, but extract a hand wringing apology for having put them there in the first place.
Innocent new Fathers and Mothers are routinely monitored by the all seeing eyes, because the occasional new born infant has been snatched from a maternity unit; innocent micurators are watched as they dribble, lest some small child be molested; decent and honest shoppers scrutinised to mitigate the loss from the occasional professional shoplifter; school children gazed upon as they eat; invigilators keep watch over passing motorists, for fear a known criminal might pass along their stretch of the motorway – yet the city which produced Parviz Kahn and his deadly plot to behead a British soldier; the city which produced Moinul Abedin and his bomb factory, is ‘outraged’ by the cameras and claims that they are targeting Muslims…..an indictment so deadly in the politically correct atmosphere of Muslim appeasement that Great Britain has become, that first the cameras are covered up – then reassuring signs are placed against them saying ‘this camera not in use’ and finally, at great expense, they are removed altogether, and a police chief is sent out into the media mob to grovel and apologise for having installed them in the first place.
Where is the apology to the rest of us? Where is the apology to the new Mothers and Fathers, the school children, the shoppers, those ‘caught short’ in public? Nowhere to be seen.
What is this ‘Muslim area’? Is there a Christian area, or a Buddhist area, or a Homosexual area, that can complain that their ‘uman rights’ are being targeted by the ever present eye of the CCTV cameras?
We should declare the entire country a ‘Libertarian area’ and take ACPO to the European Court of Human Rights for invading our privacy.