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Date: 25/10/09

Watching You

Are you a domestic extremist?

By that, I don't mean that you leave your lawn uncut for two years, or fire catapults loaded with dog-shit at your neighbours' washing, or even that you have committed the heinous offence of having a dado rail and being proud of it.

Have you ever taken part in any protest, however peaceful, against - say - government plans to replace school meals with a handful of rice and a bowl of gruel per child per week? Or against a supermarket chain wishing to bulldoze your high street and replace it with a 'shopping experience'? Or just against the general fuckwittery of those who hold power over us?

You have? Well, in that case, it's likely that you are a 'domestic extremist', at least in the eyes of the bizzies.

See this article in The Guardian for the sordid details of how our fundamental right to peaceful protest is now overshadowed by the reality that - should we decide to exercise that right - we will end up on one of several interconnected databases run by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO); a private corporation.

And feel the chill from this quote from someone rejoicing in the name of Anton Setchell, who is styled 'national co-ordinator for domestic extremism' (I would have hoped he would have been 'national co-ordinator against domestic extremism', but nowadays you simply can't be sure):

"Just because you have no criminal record does not mean that you are not of interest to the police," he said. "Everyone who has got a criminal record did not have one once."

Guilty until able to prove ourselves innocent yet again. It is time - more than time - to rid ourselves of these usurpers of our liberty.