Wednesday, August 17, 2005

It just feels right!

Sean of PolSpy links to an article from last week that claims 72 per cent of Canadians support having video cameras installed in all public places, presumably a response to potential terrorist attacks. The results are based on a poll by The Strategic Counsel, a "dedicated team of market-research professionals" that have worked on other governmental friendly studies like "Helping a television network understand the landscape of Canadian women", "Conducting in-depth audience research for a leading North American center for the performing arts" and "Launching a new public-policy initiative".

While there isn't a strong civil libertarian tradition in this country, "Canadians have always had a sense of fair play and the right thing," Allan Gregg, chairman of The Strategic Counsel, told on Wednesday.

"They do draw at least a faint line in the sand on some measures that do touch on those two things: Rule of law and prosecution of the prospectively innocent." At the same time, "they aren't particularly concerned about their own privacy," he said.

Gregg added that over the years, his company has found that Canadians have consistently said good people have nothing to fear from state surveillance.
So law-abiding citizens, I guess you won't mind if the statists install cameras in your home next year - after all, if you aren't doing anything illegal, how could you possibly object?
If a housewife has the corners of her cupboards clean, and last night's dishes washed, there is no great trouble in the letting police "look through" any more than prospective buyers or inspectors from the gas company.

Emily Murphy, The Black Candle


PR said...

"Gregg added that over the years, his company has found that Canadians have consistently said good people have nothing to fear from state surveillance."

Stuff like this makes me want to pack up and move to Texas.

Pietr said...

They have masses of surveillance here.That was how they identified the London Bombers,(apart from bodies)and so were able to prevent them returning (from the dead)for a second attack.
"Oooh,yeah!That's them!And you can see my mum's house on this screen.Good eh?"

MR. G said...

Two points:
#1. where the hell did they do this survey? My own personal survey shows 100% of Canadians are against cameras in public places. I guess it's all in you sample size though.

#2. if we are going for cameras in public places, why stop there. I feel uncomfortable when I have people over to my house and they start spouting off about touchy subjects. A camera in my house would definitely help weed out these undesirables.

Monte Kwinter said...

Mr. G.

I hope you are not suggesting that the criteria for desirability or undesirability in "your" house is your own discomfort. The public interest is not served by these kinds of individual conceits.

Anonymous said...

So Allan Gregg is one of the millions who use the cliche about "drawing a line in the sand" about some issue.

You know, I've always thought that a line in the sand is the MOST temporary of demarcations - the next wave of fashion, even the slightest breeze of political or judicial activism, and that line is obliterated, and a new line is needed. Of course, it never ends up in the same place. It always moves a bit farther up the beach, until the beach is totally eroded and all that's left is bare rock and unsurvivable surf.

But that wouldn't happen to OUR society, right?

MapMaster said...

Well said.