" (Jesus Davidson, circa 30AD).
It's hard not to feel just a tiny bit of sympathy for the Prime Minister. After all, which of us hasn't said things in private we'd be embarrassed about in public (though we usually say them about our opponents rather than our supporters!)?
I mean, how would any of us like it if all our conversations were secretly listened to and our every movement watched?
Oops. Silly me! This is the government that wants records of all our emails, our web surfing, our phone calls and text messages. They store our DNA whether we're guilty or innocent. They want to track our every journey, open our mail, eavesdrop on our conversations. They want to see us and our children naked before we go on a plane, enter our homes without a warrant, watch & record pretty much our every move. We live in one of the most authoritarian regimes in the developed world and outflank quite a few tyrannical regimes. Thankfully we have an assurance from our kind and benevolent leaders, along with all the anonymous civil servants & private companies that have access to all this information about us: they will only ever use their powers for our own good and will never allow our private details to fall into the wrong hands. I'm reassured, aren't you?
So I'm sure Gordon Brown understands fully when we say it was for his own good that he had that microphone on. After all, if our politicians have got nothing to hide then they've got nothing to fear.
If you're fed up of living in an open prison, of being treated as though you're guilty until proven innocent, then this election vote for someone who wants to give you the power to demand your freedom & privacy back. Vote for someone who thinks the government should be under surveillance by you and not the other way round. Direct Democracy takes the power away from politicians and gives it ALL to you.
(Although they can film us wherever and whenever they want, look what happens if you try and film them here or here or here or here)
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