Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Narking for New Labour's Regime

An updated surveillance strategy will focus on individuals and groups who challenge and undermine the United Kingdom's "shared values" - even if they are not breaking the law. The Minister of the Interior (Home Secretary Jacqui Smith) said Whitehall [ie. the permanent state apparatus, ed.] needed "to enlist the widest possible range of support", as she spoke to a new Regime strategy. The plans include training 60,000 workers in vigilance over their fellows and neighbours. Gordon Brown, Leader of New Labour added:

"Tens of thousands of men and women throughout Britain - from security guards to store managers - have now been trained and equipped" in how to look out for suspicious behaviour in crowded places and to react..."to know what to watch for as people go about their daily business in... places such as stations, airports, shopping centres and sports grounds. ....Today, not only the police and security and intelligence officers and our armed forces, but also the emergency services, local councils, businesses and community groups are involved in state-of-the-art contingency planning." (Note that he states that the Armed Forces have already been called into service in support of the civil power).

The Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter - civilian collaborators - is quite a mouthful, even for a language used to incorporating useful and accurate terms from other languages. We don't have a word for people like this but then we've never been here before.

Snoops - State Narks and Other OPperatives - would do.


lilith said...

Creepy. But "state of the art contingency planning"? Pull the other one!

Sniper said...

Dear Lady,
Let life imitate art...

Anonymous said...

"Tens of thousands" have been "trained and equipped"??

Trained by who? Equipped with what?

Does anyone know anybody who's had this training? No? And there are supposedly tens of thousands?

Their training probably consists of a few flash-cards and their equipment will be a clipboard and a jokey coffee mug.

This is surely a load of the most complete horse-manure even by the standards of NuLab.

hatfield girl said...

Read somewhere that it was by MI5 - whatever that means.

Odin's Raven said...

Arab governments, who know them best, have difficulty in suppressing these people; and their methods are not for the squeamish. Lectures from New Labour apparatchiks and their stooges will not change their ways.

it's either banned or compulsory said...

The 60,000 are Security Guards who have been co-opted into Police support and trained under Projects Argos and Griffin; they already have Police 'Authority' and training to handcuff members of the public.

"People Militia" would probably cover it.