I have often written about how much many people hate the bossy, autocratic snooper government which has damaged our freedoms in the last decade. We hate the cameras, the road blocks, the hectoring public advertisements, the multiplying army of regulators, the aggressive tax collectors, the enforced political correctness, the thought police, the concrete blocks around Parliament, the spying on our rubbish bins and the stealthy approach to making us all have Identity cards. Government, both national and local, has become a bunch of snoopers who know how we should all live and know where we live.
They want us to know they are watching us, with a view to fining us if we put a foot out of line with their view of how and where we should walk. They have used the threat of terrorism as an excuse to intensify their prying eyes, their eavesdropping and their defended lives. They have used climate change as an excuse to raise more taxes. They have sought to change people’s drinks and diet, using that as another excuse to raise more taxes.
In the age of the internet they are now discovering that the cameras which point at the public can also capture them. When people ask the old question, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – who will watch the watchers themselves? – we now have a new answer. The watched can watch the watchers.
Many people have mobile phones which contain cameras handy for instant recording of an offisde official. The internet allows access to plenty of public information. It permits people to transmit their anger and experiences of the guards instantaneously around the world. We can all now issue our own newspaper by web publishing, or make our own broadcast by webcasting.
The anger with the political elite in Britain is now enormous. The expenses row allows people to vent their anger about the behaviour of the politicians. That anger has been intensified by the them and us approach to life which has been on display from so many of the politicians who have lectured and hectored others on how they should live. Too many MPs spent taxpayers money on trying to create a ring of concrete and guards around Parliament, when Parliament should be open and welcoming to the public that pays for it and looks to it for justice and wise law. The public now have the means to put the guards under surveillance, and now have the issue to fashion their revenge.
I used to find latin hard work, but I do recall Quod me nutrit me destruit – what nourishes me also destroys me. That sums up what is happening to MPs who loved to regulate and tax people more.