1984 Was Not A Manual
But the people running England, or at least London, certainly think it is. CCTV cameras are everywhere you go, in large numbers. On one Underground platform today I counted 13. Of course, with that many CCTV cameras there is no way they can actually effectively be monitored in real time, so they prevent crime only by threat of being caught later, and thus have no preventative effect that I can see against anyone who doesn’t care (like, say, suicide bombers).
But, of course, if you have nothing to hide, I’m sure you don’t mind the government recording everything you do, eh?
Oh, and men with submachineguns at Parliament? Don’t make me feel safer, quite the reverse. But, of course, they aren’t meant to make me or any other ordinary person feel safe, just like Britain’s government policies aren’t intended to make ordinary people more prosperous.
Other than that, very much enjoying London. Cool Britannia’s days may be numbered, but it ain’t quite dead yet.