Everything Belongs to Government – They Will Decide What You Get

This is apparently a straightforward proposal from a supposedly “free” country:

The UK’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

Of course, this presupposes:

  • all money belongs to government
  • all taxpayers are cheats who are keeping the government from all the money they are owed
  • only government can understand what part of your money you actually need
  • increasing taxes will be very simple with this system
  • you are a groveling peasant who owes your very existence to the state

Would anybody please explain how this is much different from communism?  Shoot – even Cuba is cutting people off the government payrolls.  But this supposedly “free” “Western” “free market” country could actually propose this as any action government would be allowed to perform?

Well Britain has been circling the drain for a long time, if they actually do this you can simply write them off as lost to civilization.

Nanny Insanity – Remove Your Doormats

I guess this is a preview of coming attractions – but from the UK we get:

Housing officials have ordered tenants to remove welcome mats from their doorsteps – claiming they are health and safety hazards.

Residents received a letter saying the mats were potentially dangerous and were being banned, amid fears people might trip over them and sue for damages.

The note read: ‘(Doormats) being left in communal areas is a serious health and safety issue and is a fire safety risk.’

At what point does this insanity end.  Should everyone be bubble-wrapped?  I love the government excuse given:

Guy Cresswell, director of housing services at Great Places Housing Group, said: ‘Government legislation requires us to carry out fire risk assessments and to comply in full with recommendations made.

‘This work has been carried out for us by expert independent assessors. Our fire risk assessor recommended that doormats outside of people’s homes at Gaskell Rise should be removed because people could trip up over them.

The people living there think its insane, but they have no recourse.  So the mats go.

Stop Girl From Being Tied Up and Beaten – and Now Fired From Job

So let’s run a little simulation.  You are the lunch lady at an elementary school.  You are going through the yard of said school and find 4 boys have tied a girls hands and feet and are whipping her with a jump rope.  You stop them, untie the girl, report the kids to the principal.

To my mind that’s pretty heroic.  Whether its a girl or a boy being beaten with a rope it might be a good thing.

Then later that week you see the girl’s parents in the local grocery store and you tell them you were so sorry that the incident had happened.  Unfortunately it turns out that the school authorities are lying pigs and they hadn’t informed the parents about what actually happened.  It was a “jump rope incident” and the terrified girl hadn’t told her parents the whole truth (maybe because she was intimidated by the authorities?).  The parents are rightly outraged at not being told just how serious an incident this is and they go to the pusillanimous  dirtbags at the school to ask what had happened and why they were lied to.

And the only action that the school administation takes is to FIRE YOU!

Sound impossible – not in what used to be Great Britain.

When staff at Great Tey Primary School, near Colchester in Essex, discovered what she had done, she was accused of breaching pupil confidentiality and suspended.

Compare and Contrast

Earlier this year it was reported that the London borough of Haringey had used a spy plane to record residents’ energy use patterns:

    Thermal images of homes have been taken by a light aircraft fitted with military spy technology to record the heat escaping from people’s houses.Maps identifying individual homes have now been placed on the internet to encourage occupiers to reduce their wastage and carbon emissions by fitting insulation and turning the thermostat down.

More specifically:

    An aircraft, fitted with a military-style thermal imager, flew over the borough 17 times to take pictures of almost every house in the area.Footage of heat loss was converted into stills, then laid over a map of the area, before each house was given colour-coded ratings.

    Homes that were losing the most heat were represented as bright red on the map. The least wasteful households were shown in deep blue. Shades of paler blues and reds were used to show grades of heat loss.

The Haringey heat map is now available online.
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Creepy government intrusion.  Very Big Brother from the land of George Orwell.  So its just fine for government to actively snoop on your house.  And what happens when you drive down the street, record the images and make them available on the web?  How about this?

A formal complaint about Google’s Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO).

Drawn up by lobby group Privacy International (PI), it cites more than 200 reports from members of the public identifiable via the service.

PI wants Street View shut down while the ICO investigates the service.

“The ICO has repeatedly made clear that it believes that in Street View the necessary safeguards are in place to protect people’s privacy,” said Google.

Privacy International (PI) director Simon Davies said his organisation had filed the complaint given the “clear embarrassment and damage” Street View had caused to many Britons.

Active government invasion of your privacy is OK, recording public views of the streets isn’t.

Britain is a strange, strange country any more.