Once again, the excellent Leg Iron
It seems the entire rest of the world has more sense than the UK government.
In Scotland, there is not so much of the grab-the-DNA scramble because the police can't keep it if they don't convict. They can't play stamp collector. They are not fixed by Government targets to get every single person coded and catalogued.
The same is true in France, Canada, and other places. Only the Brown Gorgon's Ingsoc party want to have everyone barcoded so the police can just scan you as you walk past.
Even the EU's own judges have ruled that it's illegal for the Brown Gorgon to do this. The EU! Who'd have thought they'd ever come to the rescue? Well, they've tried.
Whenever the EU come up with something utterly ridiculous, the Brown Gorgon and his Righteous Horrible Monsters delight in expanding its reach and inflating its cost and ramming it down our throats. Now they've come up with a sensible ruling, what's the reaction?
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said she was “disappointed” with the court's ruling and added that all existing DNA would remain on the database until ministers considered the judgment.
That's right. They plan to ignore it.
“The Government mounted a robust defence before the Court and I strongly believe DNA and fingerprints play an invaluable role in fighting crime and bringing people to justice"
Yes, Ripper, they do. But there's this little issue of whether the people you're tagging have actually done anything that should concern the forces of justice, you know?
Surely even a vacuous bimbo like yourself, a reincarnation of another Whitehall Jacq from just over a hundred years ago, can see that? Can you see the intimidation potential of fingerprinting and DNA-sampling every single person in the country?
“The existing law will remain in place while we carefully consider the judgment.”
You know, I think she can.
Even the EU, the control freaks themselves, think this is going too far. And still they sample, still they store, still they catalogue and then lose it all. Our government is now officially in breach of Human Rights law.
Sorry, Damian Green. She's not giving your DNA back.
Leg Iron, I'm hearing that Jacqui studied East German Politics at Oxford....
Update: It was the European Court of Human Rights, NOT the EU, a commentator says...