posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 06:02 AM
There's a few problems with this. Firstly, 'function creep' is a serious and genuine concern in British politics. Look how various terrorism
measures were hijacked and misused by various councils (of all political creeds) under New Labour*. Powers aimed at preventing terrorists were used to
spy on parents applying for school places &c. If a politician sees a new 'toy', the first things they want to do know is can they also do 'x, y and
z' with it.
Whilst the majority of CCTV is privately owned (shopping centres and the like - although there's an important argument to be made about the horror
that is the 'privatisation of public spaces', which is worth googling if you're not familiar with it) and not state-generated like many on here
think, these new drones above what is meant to be public spaces are only a hop, skip and a jump away from what we've already been conditioned to
accept as 'normal'. Where I live, there are mobile police camera units (mounted on vans) as an almost daily occurrence. Drones are the next branch
on this particular 'technology tree' and will be a replacement for both police helicopters as well as the aforementioned vans. Why fix CCTV to walls
and roofs when a drone can follow people up streets and go where vans can't go and get lower than a helicopter?
Drones really aren't the solution for the problem they'll be sold as solving. We're seeing massive cuts in police, coast guards, immigration
services etc., and these will be proffered as a cheap way of addressing various needs and shortfalls. However, unmanned drones, by their very
definition are unmanned: there's no people there. Smugglers? Illegal immigrants? A drone on its own is as good as an old woman in air-balloon. Drones
will always need men on the ground as back up or to act on what the drones are reporting. As such drones will never match the savings politicians and
private companies will inevitably claim.
Also, what's the point anyway? What are the drones meant to prevent? Any group effort with France is pointless as they rely on pushing immigrants
through France into Britain. Immigration and asylum policies in Britain are a joke to begin with and certainly not helped by the EU. So an expensive
EU joint-operation to (superficially) rectify problems partially caused by the EU in the first place seems madness from where I'm standing.
A radical over-haul of immigration policies would stop a lot of this. Building super-prisons for people/drug traffickers (with 'life means life'
sentences) would 'sort' out what the immigration policies couldn't. No need for drones recording public protests or filming you walking home at
night (you know, 'just in case', what with you dressing a bit funny or having the 'wrong' colour skin).
*like most sane people, I was against all of New Labour's authoritarian measures. However, before this gets into partisan 'ZaNuLieBore' territory,
it's important to point out that Tory protestations about New Labour Big Brother schemes were a sham and they're intent on going down that same path