“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”

The types that say: “CCTV is an evil scourge on society, Orwell, Big Brother, Police State… blah…”


Funny how they have all gone VERY quiet eh?

I wonder why?

Is it because they have realised that their alarmist, reactionary talk is just rubbish?

Or having seen the speed and efficiency of the Met’s intel team (and uniformed thief takers) in identifying the riot scum, they have realised that large CCTV monitoring areas ARE a good idea and a useful tool in dealing with trash?

Love it…

I bet the pro-CCTV boys/girls are rubbing their hands together at the impact this is going ot have on the stats…


“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance… too true Len, too true…


a couple of posters have asked: who is Len?

Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney (6 July 183211 May 1918) was a British politician, long held to have made the first published reference to the phrase “Lies — damned lies — and statistics” in 1895. He later became president of the Royal Statistical Society (1897 – 1899).

The quote is often down to Thomas Jefferson… but… Len said it first…


4 responses to ““The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”

  1. CCTV isn’t the problem, when it’s used to protect people and to help solve crimes. The issue with the previous government’s plans for a Big Brother Orwellian State was and is all the gathering of personal information, including hearsay, speculation, tittle tattle, rumour and sometimes downright false and malicious accusations, that were/are being kept on the population and held on computer files by agencies of the state, like NHS, Social Services and Education. All that IS ‘Orwellian’, and sinister, because of the invasion of people’s privacy and the potential for serious abuses of power. The databases containing personal details on the public, do not especially help or ‘serve’ people in any way. Quite the opposite in fact.

  2. Compare that to the news over here in canuk land about the recent disorder in Vancouver. Not one person has been charged over it yet despite massive amounts of identifications made by members of the public. The chief there has had to give a lot of answers about this.

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