BBC reports that the Stalinist “government” of Gordongrad, the worshippers at the temple of the all-knowing, all-seeing database want to spread its intrusiveness even further:
The government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons. Computerised records of all 250 million journeys made by individuals in and out of the UK each year will be kept for up to 10 years.
The government says the database is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism. But opposition MPs and privacy campaigners fear it is a significant step towards a surveillance society. The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details of travellers.
This is another step along the road to Gordongrad. A “government” that demands to know where you are going at all times, even if it isn’t inside the UK. Why? I’m not a criminal (unless you class independent thought, critical of the “government” a crime), I’m not an illegal immigrant and I’m not a terrorist. Neither am I a slave requiring government approval to travel anywhere.
Demanding access to and retaining payment information is too much. This “government” has already proven that it cannot be trusted with any confidential information. As the joke goes, “Why didn’t the civil servant leave his laptop on the train? Because he’d already left it down the pub!”
Any time you vote Labour or support them in any way you are supporting the Stalinist surveillance state.