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Get the bus app and say goodbye to freedom

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I ARRIVED at the bus stop ten minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the X84, the ‘express’ service into Leeds from my home town. It failed to turn up. When one did arrive I had been waiting a full hour and some of the agitated crowd who were also waiting had been nursing frozen feet for much longer. As each boarding passenger asked the cause of the delays, the driver gave a shrug and a glassy look which conveyed ignorance and apathy. I hastened up the stairs so that I could enjoy the views as the ‘express’ hurtled into town at breakneck speed – as if.

Pasted on the bus interior were posters exhorting passengers to get the ‘app’. This marvel of the latest technology was obviously really something and was described thus:

‘You’ll never have to worry about losing your ticket or forgetting your change, as you can buy and store tickets on your phone. Just scan each mobile ticket when you hop on board and you’re ready to go. Running late? No problem! Using real-time information, the First Bus app lets you track your bus live on a map – so you’ll know exactly where it is and when it’ll arrive. You’ll also know how many wheelchair spaces and empty seats there are, allowing you to easily plan your journey.’

All very innocent and helpful and designed to give a wonderful service to the paying customer. Yet what this ‘app’ fails to convey to the gullible, trusting majority who fail to see the plans being laid for the Great Reset, is that it is a component on the road to a society in which we are all required to carry a ‘mobile wallet’ in the form of a smartphone. If the Great Resetters get their way, without a mobile wallet we will be non-persons and will not be able to take part in society. With the wallet, everything about our lives will be recorded and monitored to make sure we are compliant citizens. Freedom to choose will be a concept that is only a fond memory as we become subservient parts of the mass that is manipulated to the will of those who have the power. Am I raving? I think not.

Aside from the health passport implications, the digital currency and the strict carbon usage measurements, there will be strict monitoring of where we are at any given moment and how it complies with limits imposed on us with regard to the 15-minute cities and limited travel allowances.

A closer look at the First Bus app (for those of us with eyes to see) reveals the following:

‘You’ll never have to worry about losing your ticket or forgetting your change.’

Tickets will be non-existent, so the possession of a smartphone will be mandatory to get on board. Public transport will be the only way many people will be able to travel on account of the war on motorists that is being ramped up. No smartphone, no public transport, no travel. ‘Forgetting your change’ is coded language and ‘nudge messaging’ that cash is outdated and will be replaced by a digital currency.

‘You can buy and store tickets on your phone. Just scan each mobile ticket when you hop on board and you’re ready to go.’

Without this technology you most certainly are not ready to go. Even if you can go, you will have credits and limits as to frequency and destinations and these will form part of your allowance in keeping with your carbon footprint. But don’t worry about any interaction with the driver that might pass for the niceties and social interaction of a civilised society. Scan your phone to a driverless bus and technology will do the rest.

‘Using real-time information, the First Bus app lets you track your bus live on a map – so you’ll know exactly where it is and when it’ll arrive. You’ll also know how many wheelchair spaces and empty seats there are.’

If you can track the movements of a bus, complete with vacant seats and arrival times, it goes without saying that an alternative objective behind this technology is to track YOU and to monitor your every move, and whether it meets with authoritarian approval or if it qualifies for a sanction. It could be that boarding a bus and going to a demonstration would be an activity that only those of a certain age could tell their grandchildren about.

By a simple act of hopping on a terribly late bus and reading the advert for their app, I think I’ve been given a glimpse into the future. Am I a conspiracy theorist or have I taken leave of my senses after the madness of the last four years? You be the judge. But like many others, I can see where this technology will lead us if we don’t rein it in.

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Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins is a furniture designer/maker who loves to write.

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