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- CCTV and our Civil Liberties -

Human Rights, Human Wrongs

In some ways, trying to legislate for the protection of an individuals human rights, is a bit like trying to ration water in a desert.

As human beings we all have rights, but then some may argue, with those rights should come responsibilities.

In an ideal world, the provision of top class education, a cure - all health service, and the job to die for guaranteed for life, are all ideals which everyone should have a right to expect; and yet we all know from bitter experience that the world doesn’t always quite work that way.

Increasingly in recent years, the whole pattern of criminality and responsibility, have undergone a quantum shift, so much so that in some respects, when you strip away the veneer of what is taken to be our technologically advanced and supposedly civilised society, for many people everyday life is increasingly reverting to levels of lawlessness and unrest which were last seen before the days of the Bow Street Runners (the earliest type of London Police Officers).

Not so long ago, polite society would consider us as the law abiding citizens, and them as that criminal element, the modern day equivalent of the lowest form of pond life. Now of course, things are ever so subtly changing in peoples perception of what is right and what is wrong.

Law abiding citizens generally do their best to keep to the laws of the land, but then even judges, politicians and senior police officers have on occasions been caught speeding, and in some cases, quite literally with their pants down.

Most people consider that they play the game, but then if they’re not going to get caught, what harm does it do to forget to put the odd few pounds on their tax forms, or occasionally drive through red traffic lights.

Let’s face it, many supposedly ‘respectable’ individuals will if given the opportunity, try and get away with whatever they can, and genuinly fail to see anything wrong with this obvious way of thinking - what DoktorJon likes to think of as the ‘sympathetic scumbag syndrome’.

That aside, dyed in the wool career criminals come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life; and as any good criminologist will confirm, they mostly don't accept that what they choose to do is in any way unacceptable.

Whether hearts of gold or no hearts at all, the bottom line is that criminality is quite genuinly unacceptable to the vast majority, but considered an everyday part of life for a determined minority.

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