Sunday, 7 September 2008

Beware of Children

Old Holborn is not author of this post. That accolade belongs to the excellent Leg-Iron at Underdogs Bite Upwards

A while ago, I read on Old Holborn's blog that Npower were encouraging children to report their parents for eco-crimes. It was chilling in its Orwellian overtones but it was a company, with no enforcement powers of its own. Therefore, while it was a vile and reprehensible idea, it was stupid rather than sinister.

At that time, Old Holborn asked where it might lead.It led here.

Councils now use children as young as eight to snoop on their neighbours. Young children cannot be tried for crimes because they are deemed in law to be too young to be held responsible. So any of these children can accuse anyone they like at any time, and they are the ultimate in unnacountable enforcement. If they are proved to get a case wrong, well, they're only kids. If they make up a case and aren't found out, well....Cast your mind back to when you were eight. Remember the local weirdo? Remember the guy who wouldn't give you your ball back when it landed in his garden? Remember how you wished you had the power to take revenge?

The youngsters are among almost 5,000 residents who in some cases are being offered £500 rewards if they provide evidence of minor infractions.Not only can those kids now do something, they can get £500 for it. To an eight year old, £500 is riches beyond their imaginings.This next part could have come straight from the pages of 1984, Farenheit 451, from the script to Brazil or V for Vendetta or any of a hundred literary warnings of the dangers of state control. Or from the manual for the Hitler Youth.

The "covert human intelligence sources", as some local authorities describe them, are also being asked to pass on the names of neighbours they believe to be responsible, or take down their number-plates.

Ealing Council in West London said: "There are hundreds of Junior Streetwatchers, aged 8-10 years old, who are trained to identify and report enviro-crime issues such as graffiti and fly-tipping."

Harlow Council in Essex said: "We currently have 25 Street Scene Champions who work with the council. They are all aged between 11 to 14. They are encouraged to report the aftermath of enviro-crimes such as vandalism to bus shelters, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping etc. They do this via telephone or email direct to the council."

Other local authorities recruit adult volunteers through advertisements in local newspapers, with at least 4,841 people already patrolling the streets in their spare time. They are watching you through your children, and they will control you through fear of those children. Those kids hanging around at the bus stop have no need to vandalise it to get their kicks. It's more fun to drop a crisp packet as you walk by and claim you did it.

Some are assigned James Bond-style code numbers, which they use instead of their real names when they ring a special informer's hotline.You don't even know who they are. They don't wear badges. They don't identify themselves. They just phone a number. No names, just their Gorgon Youth membership number, a place, a car registration, a crime--real or imagined--and someone gets pounced on. In the name of anti-terror legislation, so such heinous and evil perpetrators of the following crimes can be brought to justice:Among the "environmental crimes" which the snoopers are asked to report, which vary from council to council, are failure to recycle rubbish, vandalism, graffiti, dog fouling, fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles.

To echo Nero's advice to Claudius; 'Trust no-one. No-one.' This is the society of Socialism, the society of the Nazis, the Communists, the Khmer Rouge, and the society described so well in 1984 and Animal Farm.

The IRA have disbanded. The Islamic terrorists have gone quiet. They don't need to bother any more because they cannot compete with the terror this government has now instilled in everyone. People are scared of their neighbours, their friends, their own children.

The war on terror is over. We lost.


max the impaler said...

There will be retribution. Council employees cannot hide.Evil to him who evil thinks.

merrsh1 said...

Unbelievable. In my country. Everyday I read more and more and witness more and more and I want to do something to stop this; but I just don't know where to start.

Something has to change because if it doesnt this country will be hell on earth in 30 years time.

I visited Aushwitz about 3 months ago and wondered how such a thing could ever happen. You half expect someone to jump out as you walk round and tell you its all a big 'joke', it never happened, we were having you on. But it did happen and it happened for one reason.

The reason something like that happened is because everyone who knew it was wrong stood around twiddling their thumbs. I'm starting to find myself doing the same thumb twiddling and it shames me. But as I say where the hell to start?

These people who are enabling the destruction of the UK need to be removed from power. In any other (less civilised?) country they would be swinging from lamp posts for treason.

Rick said...

I hate 'local authorities'. Who the fuck do they think they are? Just empty the bins, sweep the streets etc, it's your job. Pricks.

electro-kevin said...

What's new about using children to keep us in line ?

Ever wanted to refuse to pay your council tax or BBC licence fee ?

What would stop you ? I know what would stop me and it's not fear of falling foul of the law :

"You will serve a sentence of 4 months imprisonment from whence you will return to liberty with no job and be forced to house your family on a sink estate where the police allow feral youth to victimise, bully and kill peaceful people."

Old Holborn said...

Well, the sooner you stop relying on other people to pay your wages and your mortgage, the sooner you can stop being bonded labour.

I have my own business so 3 months in prison wouldn't worry me at all (apart from the soap in the showers bit). In fact, i'd get fit, do loads of reading, enjoy a PS2 and have a nice relaxing break.

Reversepsychology said...

Im trying to work out which blog is more hate filled you or Fido

And the make me laugh award goes too??

Lilith said...

reversepsychology, with a name like yours you should KNOW that Old Holborn is actually FULL OF LOVE. He has a luscious wife and hundreds of adorable kids. Otherwise he would be like my Guardian reading friends who don't see anything wrong with databases of every kid in the country or 42 days detention without trial, getting a criminal record for overfilling your fridge etc etc.

Old Holborn said...

Correct. Old Holborn is my alter ego. I am an upstanding pillar of the community, obediant and compliant.

Am I fuck. If it wasn't for red wine, I'd be a full blown terrorist

Lilith said...

And if it wasn't for cider and skunk I'd be a paranoid schizophrenic.

Rick said...

I hate everyone. Even me...

electro-kevin said...

Good on you having your own business.

My biggest regret is not having an independant trade. I'd stand up to the bastards then ...

... on the other hand I wouldn't be living in Britain at all.

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