THERE seems to be some confusion. What exactly is a ‘surveillance society’? Some seem to think that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. The State can track and trace you until the cows come home; you have nothing to worry about. If only . . .
This benign interpretation of State monitoring is sadly out of touch. Whoever still believes in such a nostalgic view of surveillance clearly wasn’t paying attention when Boris Johnson was talking to the UN in September 2019.
Little did we realise how prophetic our PM was when he spoke of the digital age; of ‘our indelible spoor in the ether’; of ‘we ourselves becoming a resource. Click by click. Tap by tap’. He was of course referring to how ‘technology could also be used to keep every citizen under round-the-clock surveillance’.
He claimed not to know ‘who decides how to use that data’. Or even if ‘these algorithms [can] be trusted with our lives and hopes’. He wondered if we are ‘doomed to a cold and heartless future in which computer says yes – or computer says no with the grim finality of an emperor in the arena’. But after detailing one worrying possibility after another, he unconditionally declared his embrace of this new technology, declaring his profound optimistism about its ability ‘to serve as a liberator and remake the world wondrously and benignly’.
After more than a year of being led by ‘data and not dates’, what we’ve experienced is not benign, but cold and heartless. People dying alone, children traumatised, businesses built through sacrifice and hard work destroyed, people too terrorised to leave the house – how much more of cold and heartless must we endure before we understand that the PM’s speech at the UN was a forecast?
In it, Johnson raised the possibility of how synthetic biology might ‘bring terrifying limbless chickens to our tables’. Rest assured, it will not be long before they too are a reality, as lab-grown meat becomes more widespread and is promoted by the government.
The Government has been investing £90million in transforming food production – to meet the climate change challenge, of course. So, while the PM might like to have himself photographed next to live cows while electioneering, they have no future in his climate-changed world.
The purpose of all the Covid hysteria, including data capture, is starting to become clearer. The evidence presented by Dr Reiner Fuellmich for one indicates that the Covid scam is but a dry run, a warm-up act, before the real agenda kicks in: tackling the so-called climate ‘emergency’. What the global pandemic management has proved is how easily people surrender freedom when they are frightened enough, and how easily they will surrender their data in a bid for a partial return of their freedom. It has shown how quickly people are prepared to comply with behaviour rules such as social distancing, all of which will help with surveillance and normalise facial recognition.
In other words, governments are closer than ever to imposing an eco-tyranny under the pretext of managing individual carbon footprints to ‘save the planet’, and allocating ‘scarce’ resources using a social credit scoring system. In this not-too-faraway dystopia we might end up with certain foods being rationed, such as fresh meat or dairy; or find that our ability to travel freely, even in our own country, is prohibited. In this new fight ‘for the greater good’, we would all be forced to buy electric cars or have no car; we might have to accept that our cars are programmed with a restricted range.
Implementing all this is contingent on the Government collecting the data. And what better way than the excuse of a pandemic? We now discover (surprise, surprise) that the £37billion Test and Trace project is being expanded and will become the basis for the Covid passport. According to the Telegraph, the NHS app will be your vaccine passport. (No wonder the scheme is so expensive if it is to morph into digital ID.) Did those who signed up for the app realise what they were letting themselves in for?
In a free democracy, we are the ones who are supposed to be monitoring government, not the other way around. Giving away our data to be used without our permission makes that more difficult. The problem with a modern surveillance State is that you have no control over mission creep, over the use of your personal data or how it might be used against you.
As Johnson himself said in 2019, ‘How do you plead with an algorithm? How do you get it to see extenuating circumstances?’ In China you can be refused fundamental rights by your own government because your face no longer fits. In 2018 alone,23 million Chinese were denied air or train travel, for example, because of their low ‘social credit’ scores.
This is how a September 2020 UK Government report on the future of ‘citizen data systems’ politely describes the Chinese social credit system. Apparently it is ‘intended to aggregate financial, law enforcement, commercial, social media and other data in order to monitor citizens’ compliance with various obligations, determine sanctions and encourage certain behaviours’. This means being denied access to jobs, education and other privileges which we in the West consider to be rights, as well as being publicly shamed for any transgressions. Not the kind of societal controls that we would consider acceptable in the UK – at least, not yet.
We can perhaps take heart from the fact that, although the Test and Trace App in the UK has been downloaded 20million times, only 16million people have fallen for Government hype and are using it. Not exactly an overwhelming success, given that there are more than 66million people in the UK and 95 per cent of households have a smart phone.
But we will only see a real public pushback when enough realise that the global criminals who have subjected us to lockdowns and mass experimental vaccine programmes are the same bad actors who are behind climate emergency hysteria. We can only hope too that a tech-savvy younger generation may work out how to resist the surveillance State and reject in its entirety the Government’s direction of travel in favour of freedom, including the freedom to eat real meat (high welfare, of course) at a time and place of their own choosing.
The stooge in Number Ten can face the grim finality that he has betrayed his people he was meant to protect, abdicating all responsibility for the defence of our liberties. If he isn’t careful, the limbless chickens will be coming home to roost.