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One of the blogs I visit regularly is the ever-excellent Big Brother Watch site. It is worth reading just for the exposes and tales of officialdom run rampant, especially under Labour, but the latest posting is worth a visit from anyone with connections to, or an interest in, Northern Ireland.

Seems as though a large number of ANPR cameras have been set up all round Belfast, and as is also comparatively well-known, the computers to which the cameras feed have the ability to store one hell of a quantity of data.

Now if the Muslims in Birmingham were given a voice in how cameras in their locality were deployed, would it not be appropriate if the loyal, and sometimes not-so-loyal citizens of Northern Ireland’s capital City were given a similar voice on how they are subject to surveillance and data-capture?

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  1. Afraid not. LBGT rights trumps Irish traveller Rights which in turn trumps Muslim Wackjob rights which in turn trumps childrens rights then all other non christian religions and so forth. I think Irish non travellers are about three steps before the English straight white males rights. Which of course is at the end of the list.
    As they say…your boned!

  2. I think you are just looking for trouble, myself.

    Everyone knows that the native populations of these scimitar’d isles cannot be trusted!
    Why, even our leaders have to be monitored by surveillance cameras and microphones in the House of Kuffhars..
    We’re ALL being checked out – ‘cept those who just won’t put up with it… 😉

  3. Your guy with the NI website which is anti camera should have tuned into radio ulster where the PSNI told the whole place what these new cameras were for, this may have satisfied his curiousity and saved him the bother.

    Linking this to muslim peoples is the greatest s**t I’ve ever heard. Can the number plate on a car tell if anyone is catholic or protestant too?

  4. here is the link

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00z2t36

    The police were also questioned as to the appropriateness of using cameras as one area in England actually cut the amount of cameras and safety improved. There is no question of these cameras being used in only one area, or a high velocity in only one area, no fairness as to their distribution is in question. They are NOT CCTV cameras, they are simply number plate recognition and used for the purpose they were meant for.

  5. “Big Brother Watch site.”

    “Seems as though a large number of ANPR cameras have been set up all round Belfast”

    “Everyone knows that the native populations of these scimitar’d isles cannot be trusted!”

    “Big Brother”, “rights”, “ANPR cameras”?

    Look lads, not so long ago, the government of Northern Ireland used to throw people in jail indefinitely without trial, without even a charge or justified suspicion of crime.

    Can’t remember many English conservatives objecting to this form of state tyranny back then. In fact, the only complaints came from, apart from the victims themselves, English lefties and liberals.

    I reckon at least one section of the NI population will be able to put speed cameras in their proper place on the oppression scale.

  6. Noel Cunningham –

    Can’t remember many English conservatives objecting to this form of state tyranny back then. In fact, the only complaints came from, apart from the victims themselves, English lefties and liberals.

    It was English Leftists and liberals who were doing much to give cause for complaint.

    In opposition were conservatives like Enoch Powell who opposed internment and the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

    Unlike the Leftists and liberals who did the complaining, Enoch Powell argued against internment for Loyalists too. Then and now, Leftists and liberals are often highly selective about the freedoms they defend.

  7. >>In opposition were conservatives like Enoch Powell <<

    The Conservatives were in govt in Britain when internment was introduced; and in fact the decision and order for internment came from Brian Faulkner, a firm Rightist even by the standards of the Unionist Party.
    Powell (one can't help by admire him) was a maverick on this like on so many other issues.
    Labour didn't get into power until almost 3 years later, and fairly soon started phasing out internment.

    Also, I don't think any liberals and leftists ever said Loyalists should remain interned. The movement to was to get all internees released.
    Loyalists internees were only a figleaf anyway.

    (Heath: "Can you not detain a few Loyalists, too Otherwise it will look too one-sided?"
    Faulkner: I'm afraid we can't. We'd never be able to get it through"

    or words to that effect)

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