West Midlands “police” have released a video on social media urging road users to report each other for perceived motoring “offences”…
Here’s an example from their video:
They claim to have “taken action” against hundreds of Motorists thanks to video submissions like this one, which was received from a disgruntled cyclist because a driver supposedly passed “too closely” by him…
Aside from the fact that this idea seems to have existed only in the mind of the cyclist — and of course the brave crimefighters at West Midlands police — I have an important question:
Do we really want to live in a World where we have to be wary of neighbours and strangers “grassing us up” for any perceived infraction of the almighty states rules …which, when you really think about it are just a load of ideas dreamed up by a bunch of self entitled busybodies?
If you have an interest in history — as I do — you’ll know that at certain times, and in certain places (East Germany in the 1980s being a recent example), people were expected by the state to report on their family, friends, and strangers if they suspected they’d done or thought something “wrong” in the eyes of the state…
And many were so fearful of the consequences of not reporting others that they did just that — effectively working as an extension of the Stasi.
This kind of dynamic has existed in other parts of the World at different times, when totalitarian governments have felt they can get away with it due to their perceived power.
Some say that it exists today, for example in North Korea and in other less well publicized examples like Turkmenistan and Eritrea.
I would argue that China — with around 18% of the Worlds population living there — also falls in to this category.
I’d also make the argument that these places, and — arguably, all governments — are run by extremely damaged people who’s only motivation in life is to coerce and control others…
I’ll conceded its not yet as bad here as in those places, but it does seem to *clearly* be the direction that both the UK and many other so-called first world countries are headed in.
So I’d like to ask Members:
Does this sit comfortably with you?
Leave you thoughts in the comments below…
All the best,
P.S. Its not just on the roads that this “report on your neighbours” attitude rearing its ugly head.
In London, residents have been given a “hotline” phone number to report their neighbours to the council if they don’t live there “often enough”. (source)
Westminster council want to force you to rent your home out if you don’t live in it often enough for their liking.
It seems these psychopaths simply don’t acknowledge the concepts of private ownership, freedom of movement, or making your own choices in life….
“Do what WE want, or we’ll make your life a misery!” appears to be their mantra.
And in the prison island of Australia (source), the government has a phone app where it encourages users to report their neighbours for things such as “illegal parking”… (source)
I’d really like to know what you and other Members think about this slow but steady march towards a global police state?
Please let me know in the comments here: