They have arranged for you to find modesty contemptible

27 February 2009

If you have any interest in the current state of privacy and liberty in the UK please get your ass down to one of the events tomorrow happening under the banner of The Convention on Modern Liberty. There are events happening in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow and London.

The increase of surveillance and erosion of personal privacy is becoming the norm in the UK. There is an attempt to shift the thoughts of our society away from respecting personal privacy to questioning those who fight against the erosion of personal liberty. I cannot put it more eloquently than Phillip Pullman's strongly worded article in the Times today - Malevolent voices that despise our freedoms:

Are we conscious of being watched, as we sleep? Are we aware of an ever-open eye at the corner of every street, of a watching presence in the very keyboards we type our messages on? The new laws don't mind if we are. They don't think we care about it.

We want to watch you day and night

We think you are abject enough to feel safe when we watch you

We can see you have lost all sense of what is proper to a free people

We can see you have abandoned modesty

Some of our friends have seen to that

They have arranged for you to find modesty contemptible

In a thousand ways they have led you to think that whoever does not want to be watched must have something shameful to hide

We want you to feel that solitude is frightening and unnatural

We want you to feel that being watched is the natural state of things

Pullman can be hyperbolic at times but the essential points carry through. There needs to be more debate and discussion about where the UK is heading in respect to privacy and liberty which is not happening in our streets nor our Parliament.

The Convention on Modern Liberty via BoingBoing

TOPICS:   Privacy


  • MinstrelMan
    lol @ a story about personal privacy, when a picture has been uploaded of a HUKD member taken from an external site and used in detrimental fashion....... hypocrasy at its peak.
  • me
    thats hardly personal if it's already been uploaded to a website
  • ODB
    LOL... +1 with MM JOKES!
  • Mike
    Nudists aren't very modest that's unnatural like homosexuals and we all know what the bible says about homosexuals.
  • Rob
    @Mike - grow up . Using a book (as that is all the Bible is) , to rationalise a hatred of other people , pathetic loser , still the internet was made for bigots like you .

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