• Heather Paterson

1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

I live in a country (the United Kingdom) which quite frankly at the moment scares the shit out of me.

Remember Nazi Germany, the holocaust and World War II ? Those people who are not old enough to remember first hand (including myself) will no doubt have learnt much about it at school. Now you may wonder what this has to do with the UK today . . .

Nazi Germany and Hitler's rise to power didn't happen overnight. It was a slow process which involved the slow removal of civil liberties and human rights, changes in laws and legislations and government and media propoganda. The German population never chose mass genocide and hatred but that is what they slowly sleep walked into. And that is precisely what is happening in the UK today.

It may sound dramatic, but you only have to look at the rapid emerging police state that the UK is becoming under the banner of The War Against Terror (or TWAT as I like to refer to it).

The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, in article 12, states:

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. "

However rersidents of the United Kingdom are now subject to the most surveillance in the world, and despite the warnings of Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas we are continuing to sleepwalk into a survellance society. The UK now has in excess of 4 million CCTV cameras.

In 2002 the UK government announced plans to extend the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, so that at least 28 government departments would be given powers to browse citizens' web, email, telephone and fax records, without a warrant and without a subject's knowledge. Public and security authorities made a total of 440,000 requests to monitor people's phone and internet use in 2005-6

The UK government is also currently wanting to opt out of Human Rights laws as part of the War Against Terror. And Guantanamo Bay is still in existence and contiuing to contravene Human Rights laws.

The decision to introduce a National Identity Scheme was announced in the Queen's Speech on 17 May 2005. The Identity Cards Act received royal assent, becoming law, on 30 March 2006.

Biometric residence permits for foreign nationals will be introduced in 2008 and the first ID cards are expected to be issued to British citizens in 2009.

There are also plans for a Universal Child Database to be linked with the National Identity Register.

The Citizen Information Project is also planned to be linked into this register adding an estimated £200 million to the ever escalating cost of identity cards.

The NHS is also in the process of introduced a central Care Records database under the National Programme for Information Technology.

The London Underground Oyster cards are now successfully monitoring the movements of commuters in the capital.

The United Kingdom National DNA Database (NDNAD; officially the UK National Criminal Intelligence DNA Database) was set up in 1995. As of the end of 2005 it carries the profiles around 3.4 million people, over 585,000 of them taken from children aged under 16.

The list goes on. Each day we lose more rights, gain more survellance and are subjected to the goverment and media's creation of a climate of fear. We continue to sleep walk into a police state and do nothing.

But you CAN do something. I for one shall never carry a ID card, when my current passport expires I will not be renewing it. I will not give my consent to be listed on the NHS central database. I will not allow my basic Human Rights to be taken from me without a fight.

And if I have anything to do with it 1984 will always be a work of fiction and a warning against allowing it to become reality.

You can read the complete text of George Orwell's 1984 online here.

1 view0 comments

© 2013 - 2021 H M Paterson