Thursday, March 01, 2007

Smile, your on camera.

Here in the UK there are lots of people who take photographs. It is no big deal, they go outside and photograph things that interest them. They create for themselves some 2 dimension images, nothing more than capture images. Just like the countryside code, leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photographs. There are loads of CCTV cameras recording our lives and here in the UK we have more surveilance cameras than any other country in the world. All our lives are caught on camera and although we moan about Big Brother we grudgingly accept that images are taken of us everyday. There is no right to privacy in our society and that is the way it is. Some people have hobbies where they photograph certain targets, targets that are of private interests. Bus spotters are just one group who take photographs of their targets - buses and coaches - who are no harm to anyone. Ask them nicely and they are very proud of their collections of photographs , it is their hobby. However our government is not happy at the public being able to take photographs in public at will and plans are being made to stop this innocent freedom. I am not bothered if people take photographs of me doing my day job or out and about with my wife and dog. What I do not like is the government restricting peoples' freedoms, these photographers are doing no harm. If we let our government ban photography in public, which is unnecessary, what will they ban next?

I and 44,944 other people have signed a petition on the 10 Downing Street website to oppose the plans to restrict photography in public places. If the government continues to chip away with our freedoms think how shallow our lives will become.
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