Reality has most certainly left the building; the creep towards totalitarianism seems to have stopped outright; but only to put on its running shoes for a much more rapid journey down the road to serfdom.
Plans are underway to protect us even more from the Eevil teworwists & dwug dealers by creating a compulsory national register for all unregistered Pay'n'Go phones:
"A compulsory national register for the owners of all 72m mobile phones in Britain would be part of a much bigger database to combat terrorism and crime. Whitehall officials have raised the idea of a register containing the names and addresses of everyone who buys a phone in recent talks with Vodafone and other telephone companies, insiders say."
I'm not with Vodafone and if this goes ahead I will most certainly not consider them in the future; if the push in the future is to incorporate more mobile phone networksI will continually move away from that network; if all British networks are "incorporated" I will move to these guys.
Its been a few years since I had to change my sim card; as I recall I had to provide my details to my mobile service operator in order to get some of the better offers and other stuff; fine, I said - it was to both our benefits - they sell me more stuff which I want. If I were a terrorist the security services could, with some necessary difficulty, get a wiretap in order for them to monitor a potential criminal: You do not need this for any legitimate reason.
I am not a terrorist and I am not a thug. I am a normal guy who does normal things; I go to church, have a loving family and I help run a youth group (filled to the rafters with kids who's homelives have been given the once over with NuLabour's decade of social engineering) . I drink fancy beer in expensive irish themed bars, have the odd cigar over a poker game with friends and play way too much Wii; I will not be made to feel a criminal because the chimps in power feel a little insecure.
That said I offer a suggestion; this is the head of GCHQ, David Pepper:
He will be the one in charge of putting this database together. May I suggest you make his job a tiny bit harder by visiting a site like this, registering for as many free sim cards as is humanly possible then registering every last one. If every person in the UK did this with the 12+ sim cards they would pretty soon get the message that we dont like being unnecessarily monitored.
And in case anyone is curious I got the idea from a TV show...
For even greater emphasis why not take part in the following activity? Mines heading to this happy camper, John Battle, my local MP. You may not know him but like George Forman he puts his name to some interesting stuff...