Mar 4, 2009

Rundle: It’s 1984 in New Labour’s Britain

The UK has developed a culture of relentless, insidious and universalised surveillance, writes Guy Rundle.

Everyone in politics and the meeja was at the Institute of Education and eight other locations for the founding conference of the Convention on Modern Liberty -- everyone, that is, except for anyone from the Labour Party and your correspondent, who was busy shooting at empty spaces where grouse had recently been in Shropshire.

The CML is a new umbrella group formed by Liberty UK, NO2ID (anti ID cards and databases), Open Democracy and a few free-floating journalists such as the Observer 's Henry Porter. In an impressive display of organisation, the new group ran simultaneous conferences in eight British cities, with various video-links, but real speakers in each, in an attempt to get a number of branch offices started.

Free Trial

You've hit members-only content.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

One thought on “Rundle: It’s 1984 in New Labour’s Britain

  1. mike smith

    Who says CCTV can’t lie? Insert blank footage into the feed, or insert footage of someone you want to frame into the feed.

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details