I went to the coast yesterday (Hastings) and found myself confronted by a Police Van parked in the middle of the shopping centre. Atop the van were little CCTV cameras observing the streets and it incensed me! I walked up to the van and had a look over it, one black window in the back, but I was so utterly disgusted and so furious I daren't knock on the window and ask wtf they were up to. If there's a problem in the area then why not take the cops out of the van (presumably they were cops though these days they may be some kind of 'civilian staff') and place them on the street, in their uniform and on the beat. Big Brother was something we used to joke about, but I'm beginning to think we really are absolutely headed there - and not enough question or fight it. Here's another tale of distasteful madness:- http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/world/europe/25surveillance.html?_r=1 And then there's the census... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8324746.stm ...and to think I almost put myself back on the electoral register after 16 years. Hmmmm, I think I prefer my anonymity, what's left of it. "...So fill all the forms in With misinformation and vanish..."