Should the Police be photographed?

David Davis

The Landed Underclass picks up an announcement on Spyblog, about the growing unilateral Police threat to anyone allegedly photographing the police as they go about whatever they have decided is their business these days.

I have no views at this time either way, regarding pictures of policemen. Unlike ordinary human beings, most policemen are ugly and essentially non-photogenic creatures. Perhaps this is deliberate, or else they get like that by doing what they do in a Police State. Personally I think it’d be a waste of film, or electricity.

But once they get down to being serious about bashing up people who disagree with their opinions, and really applying the “anti-terror” provisions, and stuff in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 ss 132 -138 , which Landed Underclass quotes, then it’s time to test the law.

From Landed again. be there, at:-

Monday 16th February 2009, from 11am… Broadway, London, SW1

Nearest Tube Station is St. James’s Park

Update:- Landed also takes issue with the requirement, by the Police in North London, for a new pub licensee to install compulsory videoing of the heads and shoulders of patrons as they enter his to-be-taken-over (and pre-existing) pub, the footage to be available to the Police on demand. If that’s not a complete no-no for anybody who wanted to go to that pub, then I don’t know what is.

But perhaps it’s because “those who have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear.”

  • And to keep your photos REALLY safe:



    • Yes, of course, Tony.

      But to keep them REALLY safe, how? How do we know that the good people at “Ironkey” are not as pliable as the people at, say, Google, or Microsplift, or Apple, or, or whoever?

      Put them on a CD in a waterproof non-inductive case, and bury it in the garden surely (or someone else’s, to make sure.)

  • 1) Police should not be photographed – because they should not exist.
    2) Whilst police exist, they should be subject to scrutiny, including, but not limited to, being videoed and photographed as they go about their business.

    On the pub licensing – the real outrage is that a license is required at all.

  • Dear Tristan,
    I agree completely. Wish I’d said that.

    The problem wilt modern-people’s perception of “police” is that they think that “more police” equals “better”.

    I don’t think so. Police have had to come into existence because of bad-people. The number of bad-people has risen sharply since 1789.

    The solution is not “more police” or (worse) “more police resources”, but better people.

  • As to “licenses”, for “pubs”, if it’s legal to make and sell alcoholic drinks, as it has been for about 12,000 years, then they ought to be sold freely.

    The Inquisition corrupts and prostitutes its own self-made rules, for its own gain.

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