Something Feral

Digging up the flower-beds.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Putting the child back in "Schild und Schwert"

Little Brother and Little Sister are watching you:
Luton Borough Council's Street Seen scheme encourages its 650 volunteers to report 'environmental concerns'. It is also recruiting 'Junior Street Champions', aged between seven and 11.

Primary schools could also be involved within two years.

Similarly, Islington Council in north London has recruited 1,200 'Islington Eyes' to report crime hotspots, fly-tipping and excess noise from DIY.

Volunteers are given a list of things to do when confronted with fly-tippers, including taking photos 'without being seen'.
Considering that even a modest council-budget could outfit a legion of these snot-nosed lice with equipment that would have made the actual STASI wet their pants in excitement, this should prove to be a profitable venture for the micro-tyrants of the United Kingdom's various townships.
A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: 'Environment volunteers are people who care passionately about their local area and want to protect it from vandals, graffitists and fly-tippers.

'These community-spirited residents are not snoopers.

'They help councils cut crime and make places cleaner, greener and safer.'
Wasn't this the plot-line for Hot Fuzz?

What a sad spectacle this nation has become.


Elusive Wapiti said...

On one hand, this is not much different than tip lines that have people call in taggers or litterers or something.

But OTOH, there is something sinister I think about encouraging every man to narc on his neighbor. Even more so when the target is children. What really ought to be happening is for the citizens themselves to be putting the hammer down on zipperheads like this.

But then again, this is the UK we're talking about, and they're on a collision course with oblivion, so I guess it's one more brick in the wall for those guys.

Something Feral said...

"... I guess it's one more brick in the wall for those guys."

I see what you did there.

Yes, the Brits should be bringing the hammer down on their idiot leaders, but they've lost the will to action.

They get what they deserve, no different than we do.

I'm going to go work on my garden and crank up some Pink Floyd, now that it's in my head.