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Big Brother

by | 15th, January 2007

small_171136_1_1168856746.jpg So says the Independent’s front page.

Above this legend are two eyes. It’s like that Conservative Party advert of 1997. “NEW LABOUR NEW DANGER” ran the message back then. Tony Blair’s red eyes were demonic.

The message today needs to be whispered. Tony is all eyes and ears. Tony Blair’s eyes are no longer red but shine with the enlightenment of an evangelist.

“What it really means in Britain today as Tony Blair unveils his latest assault on civil liberties,” says the Indy.

The paper talks of a “super-computer” on which the records of each Briton will be stored. This is augmented by the DNA database housing the genetic makeup of each and very one of us. Medical records will be made available to hospital managers, high street pharmacists and civil servants. Information will be carried by the individual in the form of a card. Fifty-two items of information will appear on this card, including iris scans and fingerprints.

And all the while Tony will be watching. There is now one CCTV camera for every 14 people in the UK. And the Department of Transport and movement is looking at a system where every vehicles exact movements can be tracked.

Tony’s eyes look out from the page. Tony is watching.

Of course, this might not all be bad news. The adage goes that only the guilty need to fear the rule of law. The innocent will be protected.

And then there is the Indy’s use of “Big Brother”. The Times echoes this in “Big Brother database fears”.

Big Brother no longer turns minds to hellish visions the State in total control, as in the Orwellian vision of the future. Big Brother is a chance to pull down our trousers and scream “I’m mad me”. Geordies wandering around the Bigg Market on a Saturday

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