He continues today in the same vein as his earlier attack when he was still DPP with a paragraph that is memorable and I suspect, may ring down through the ages. In a widely reported verbal assault, sourced from this one in The Guardian;
… he said,
“The tendency of the state to seek ever more powers of surveillance over its citizens may be driven by protective zeal. But the notion of total security is a paranoid fantasy which would destroy everything that makes living worthwhile. We must avoid surrendering our freedom as autonomous human beings to such an ugly future. We should make judgments that are compatible with our status as free people.”
The key sentence for me is this,
…the notion of total security is a paranoid fantasy which would destroy everything that makes living worthwhile..
And that’s exactly the point!
- It’s not about who manages the data
- It’s not about whether the data is secure
- It’s not about whether legal “safeguards” are in place
- It’s not even about protecting people from harm
The reason is that none of the above are possible, and to promise people absolute security is an enormous deception comparable to promising eternal life, like Ursula Andress in the film “She”…
Furthermore, if such a database were ever made, and the state to become even more totalitarian than it is now, then the database would only facilitate an easier disposal of “undesirables” that would make the Nazi Holocaust look like a knitting circle outing.
This is a matter of absolute freedom so fuck you Jacqui Smith, fuck you.