Whilst waiting for an ill-advised Sunday evening kebab, I just happened to leaf through the Daily Star (I didn’t notice which days edition it was and there doesn’t seem to be any mention of it on their website), and I saw an article claiming that nightclub bouncers are carrying microphones and recording the conversations of queuing revellers. These recordings, it was claimed by the management are (of course) for public safety. Oh, and if any admissions of crimes are recorded then they send these off to the police.
It occurs to me that this is one of the true signs we are entering the gates of totalitarianism, it’s not just The State spying on us, but small businesses and private citizens are getting in on the act as well. You may say (and many have) that “if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear.” Which would be fine, were it true.
Its all very well staying on the good side of the state, being a good little consumer, taking your vaccinations and drinking your beer. Caring nothing about all the rights you didn’t know your grandparents used to have, sitting glued to Dancing On Ice and X-Factor. The gestapo aren’t coming for you, right? Not unless that guy you cut up on the way to work last week wrote down your numberplate. Not unless that lady next door doesn’t like your music up loud. Not unless that guy (who’s wife fancies you and you don’t even realise) phones up Subversivestoppers 0800…
Therin lies the problem. Once people get the idea, suddenly anybody you don’t like can be denounced. Who cares if they aren’t a terrorist? Certainly the State doesn’t. A police state thrives on fear, thrives on suspicion and thrives on people looking over their shoulder. After all, they don’t really want to catch all the pamphleteers and saboteurs, they are good for the propaganda reels. But they do need to keep having show trials, disappearances and the rest of it, to keep their power.