“if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear”

The common argument for all the information that the authorities can lawfully collect about each of us is that “if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear”. That argument has so far prevailed in the United Kingdom. I cannot send an email without the right of someone in authority being able to read it. I cannot travel to work without my journey (in my case five miles) being recorded by “security” cameras which will store details not only of my exact route and means of transport but also the precise times involved. Continue reading

London’s Low Emission Zone – a small step but a welcome one

Greater London is now a “Low Emission Zone”. It does not mean that everyone in London will be compelled to emit fewer emissions, so do not put away your asthma inhaler yet. It is something rather different. Continue reading