As if things are not bad enough in our new Big Brother world, Kent police have started to issue some of its residents, in the larger towns, radar detection kits to check on the speed of passing motorists. If they are exceeding the limit, the speed flashes onto a large roadside sign and the vehicle's registration number is recorded by one of the vigilantes... errrm I mean... helpful citizens.
The police then send a warning letter to the naughty motorist although no legal action can be taken - yet anyway!
If the scheme is judged to be a success, then the rest of the county will follow and presumably soon after that the world!
This tactic, by the authorities, of encouraging us all to spy on each other I find to be very worrying. We have already seen TV adverts providing a dedicated phone number to shop those we suspect of being benefit scroungers.
What is more worrying is that there are people willing to take part in schemes such as these.
However, it is not a new idea. We spent many years, as a free society, criticising such actions when they were a part of everyday life in both Communist China and Russia.
Over to you Comrades!!