Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Another small erosion

Police in England and Wales are shortly to be allowed to check fingerprints on the street. Currently, you have to be arrested and taken to a station before you can be fingerprinted. I don't remember any public debate into changing this quite important facet of the whole process. It appears to have gone through unnoticed, which is a worry. What else is being sneaked under our collective radar?
No doubt this is all being pushed through as being 'for our safety', just like every other little erosion of our liberties.

6 comments:

Carolyn said...

But they won't keep them on file. So that's alright then.

John_D said...

Phew. Thank goodness for that. Otherwise I might think we're heading towards a dictatorship.

The Big Fat Phony said...

If you've done nowt wrong then you have nothing to fear. So, if you disagree with this then by definition you have something to fear. You criminals! Apparently.

John_D said...

Just reading Henry Porter's view on this (http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/henry_porter/2006/11/post_677.html) and it appears that if you refuse the roadside fingerprint thing, you'll be arrested. So it's like the previous situation insofar as you need to be arrested before your prints are taken, but you can now be arrested simply because you stand up for yourself and your rights.

Fuck this for a lark. Where are the emigration papers?

Gary said...

Its very simple - make a small cut on all of your fingertips each time you go out - it fooks up the fingerprint reader, believe me, I sell them.

Its a bugger of a job selling them to companies who employ diabetics who sample from a different fingertip each day.

John_D said...

Cheers mate. I will bear that in mind