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 “Now is the time to reaffirm our distinctive British story of liberty – to show it is as rich, powerful and relevant to the life of the nation today as ever; to apply its lessons to the new tests of our time.” Those word were spoken by Gordon Brown very soon after he became Prime Minister, and they are indeed worthy of applause.

The Image set to the left of this text is actually a picture of a policeman, but I was not allowed to store that image because the policeman may have been involved in anti-terrorist action. That is now the law. The attitude of the ZaNuLabour government is simple, ‘what’s the problem?’.

We are told that this decision was included in one of the dozens of pieces of anti-terror legislation because  “there may be situations in which the taking of photographs may cause or lead to public order situations or raise security considerations”, which is a fuzzy an explanation for a totalitarian decision as you are likely to see from any politician with a view to protecting his rear end. 

An amateur photographer was stopped in Cleveland by officers when taking pictures of ships. The photographer was asked if he had any terrorism connections and told that his details would be kept on file. The following statistics are worth study; they include Terrorism Act 7,031, Stop and account 2,155, Reasonable grounds 4,039, Criminal Justice Act 32, making a grand TOTAL of 13,257. These numbers were compiled from TRAIN-SPOTTERS stopped and questioned under varying bits of legislation by the police over a twelve month period.

Now most of us have our own views regarding train-spotters, but apart from Osama Bin Laden’s twelve year-old nephew, not many have connections, or even associate with terrorists. They are grouped together as ‘Anoraks’, and for those who reside in the ‘Colonies’, a definition is appended here. They are for the most part harmless eccentrics who tick off numbers of engines, or carriages or in one extreme case, wagons. I used to work in South Wales, and commuted every week-end back ond forth to Durham by train. I was slowly strolling up the east-bound platfrom at Newport station, and as I walked I was slowly passed by a goods train comprising wagons, trucks and flat-beds, all pulled by a venerable Deltic diesel loco. I must emphasise here, a completely ordinary, bog-standard train. As I said, I was slowly walking, pulling my luggage behind me, when I was suddenly confronted by this wide-eyed lunatic, gibbering with anger, as I had, in his own spluttered words, “Stepped right into his shot!”  I looked up and past him, and there stood a very large expensive video-camera on a very expensive tripod, which had been filming the passage of this very ordinary goods train. I was rescued from the mad-man by about four of his compatriots, who slowly led their friend away, leaving one to explain, “It’s just that you walked into the viewfinder just as his train commenced its’ run towards Swansea, and he’s been waiting for two years to capture this set of wagons!”

So you can see why the Labour Government has banned all photography of all policemen, and also targeted train stations and -spotters; because of public order incidents like the one I have just described. Perfectly logical!


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2 thoughts on “smile for the camera!

  1. Well spotted Jaz,

    It does make you wonder sometimes whether these guys linked their brains with their mouths when in power.

    Of course his about-face might be due to the fact that he was sacked, but its’ more likely he just forgot what he did while he was at the Home Offcie

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