Soon you will be just a number

Labour has you tagged

all to have a numberall to have a number

We have the democratic deficit of: an unelected Prime Minister, unelected ministers who are Peers, an economy that is in a slow tailspin whilst business reacts negatively to the insecurity in government, failing institutions and rising unemployment.

In the meanwhile we have Alan Johnson as our new Home Secretary. He has voted strongly in favour of ID Cards and Labour's anti-terror laws and in an interview in the New Statesman he tells us that:

"I wasn't a Trot," he insists. "I was more CPGB [Communist Party of Great Britain]. I did consider myself to be a Marxist - I read more chapters of Das Kapital than Harold Wilson."

Hence, this is perhaps why he feels empathy with the NuLabour stasi. Genial Mr Johnson is now in charge of one of the most surveilled countries in the world. We are only beaten by countries such as: China, North Korea, and Russia.

The UK's DNA database is the largest in the world, with more than 7% of the population having their samples stored. Now innocent children are having their DNA put on the register 'just in case'. Police describe the practice as part of a "long-term crime prevention strategy" to dissuade youths from committing offences in the future.

Data retention, data mining, technical surveillance, (ANPR) Automatic Numberplate Recognition (where your car can be 'marked' and tracked for attending a demonstration), CCTV - all combine to create a perfect surveillance society.

Our children all have a unique identifying number on the ContactPoint database with voluminous information about every aspect of their lives and, unless we have a change of government, we adults will be similarly numbered and registered on the National Identity Register and fined when we fail to notify the authorities that we have moved house.

Journalists will be unable to keep the identity of their sources secret because their phones and computers will be easily accessible to the police and other authorities.

Street protests are now filmed by the police yet we are told that we cannot photograph policemen or underground stations because of 'anti-terrorism' legislation.

We really need to wake up soon or that genial Mr Johnson and his Home Office will quietly ensure that you won't be able to get a bank account, leave the country, get your pension etc. unless you have that unique number to tell the authorities who you are, where you live, what you do .............................

And, Gary McKinnon's extradition hearing is now being debated. If Gary's extradition goes ahead then this government will truly be scraping the depths.