Allow me to prove my point with some evidence:
- I still remember quite distinctly how a surveillance camera followed me as I was walking through a gentle backstreet of my wife's hometown. Obviously, I look like your typical Middle Eastern terrorist and therefore deserve constant watch! To think the British tax payer is actually funding this sh*t.
- I definitely remember the story (here) of how I nearly got arrested at Manchester Airport by the local security thugs for the crime of trying to get on board a flight while carrying baby formula drink. How despicable of me to want my one year old son to have something to drink during a flight!
Since our 2008 visit, UK airport state terrorism has become worse. X-ray strip searches are now a part of the drill and there's not much you can do about it; sadly, these will be making their way to Australia soon in order to "increase" airport security. Or rather, in order for the government to pretend its tough on terror by making the lives of normal citizens significantly less tolerable and by taking a chunk out of anyone's concept of privacy.
- Tried taking a photo in public in the UK? Well, stories such as this one, where innocent photographers are being harassed by policemen thinking they are above the law, are surfacing at quite an alarming rate.
- The icing on the cake is the recent Digital Economy Act legislation brought forward by the former Labour government as it was on its deathbed. Amongst others, the law allows copyright owners to point their fingers at illegal downloaders whose Internet connection is then revoked. The copyright owners are the judge and jury here and the little man has nothing to say other than watch how today's number one freedom of speech tool is deprived from them at someone else's whim. Perhaps the biggest joke is that the British Internet user is going to be funding this whole useless charade which won't even tickle the downloads phenomenon (you can read more here and here).