... and whilst he does hint about the idea of there being too much CCTV, it's still very indicative of the furthest mainstream politicians will go to on the matter -
'Why should inconsiderate motorists, litter louts, fly-tippers and tax dodgers complain if they are caught and fined?’
Some of these arguments have force and we should be careful not to indulge in paranoia. There are, however, several good reasons why we should worry. First, Government incompetence.
He then goes on about government incompetence meaning that they should introduce ID cards, but that totally fails to address CCTV.
Frankly, it's hard to come up with really strong rebuttals against people who advocate the mass use of CCTV to catch those committing antisocial behaviour. The fact that I'm having so much difficulty coming up with a coherent argument against it makes me think - am I being irrational? Why do I hate CCTV all over the place?
Recently there was a (solar-powered, I believe!) very high-up, covert, CCTV camera installed in the middle of a grassy roundabout near where I work. I can't see for the life of me why it's there. It's just gonna 'stop crime', I guess. Whatever. It's a waste of taxpayers' money, for one thing, but (and here's where I'd have trouble convincing many) I just plain don't like being surveilled extensively. I don't have a particularly rational argument for it, but the idea of some bastard security guard sitting in a room with a ton of screens in front of him being able to snoop on people's every move just feels bad. The 'waste of taxpayers' money' line might persuade some people that no MORE CCTV's should be installed, but my lack of a rational argument against mass surveillence means I'd have trouble persuading others that what I think should happen, should happen - tear down most CCTV cameras, the ones that wouldn't pass the criterion, 'it shouldn't be there except for a very good reason'. Even if it cost more to tear the things down than leave them there, I'd just like them removed. It'd make me feel better. What do others think?