What a strange journey Britain is taking, from the Land of Orwell to the Orwellian Land. An article from This is London describes how local councils will use an army of citizen snoopers to spy on their neighbors (hat tip to InstaPundit):
Councils are recruiting ‘citizen snoopers’ to report litter louts, dog foulers and even people who fail to sort out their rubbish properly.
The ‘environment volunteers’ will also be responsible for encouraging neighbours to cut down on waste.
The move comes as local authorities dish out £100 fines to householders who leave out too much rubbish or fail to follow recycling rules.
The UK Tax Payers Alliance nails it:
It will fuel fears that Britain is lurching towards a Big Brother society, following the revelation this week that the Home Office is extending some police powers to council staff and private security guards.
Critics said the latest scheme could easily be abused and encourage a culture of bin spies and curtain twitchers.
Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Snooping on your neighbours to report recycling infringements sounds like something straight out of the East German Stasi’s copybook.
‘With council tax so high, the last thing people want to pay for is an army of busybodies peering through their net curtains at their neighbours as they put out their rubbish.’
When people start comparing your latest policy to something from the Stasi, it’s time to take a long hard look in the mirror.