When Tony Blair came to power fewer than 5,000 CCTV cameras spied on public life in the UK. Today there are five million--one for every 12 citizens. As the Brave New Labourene gets set to turn 10 Downing Street over to Niel Kinnock's understudy, the average Londoner goes about his or her business monitored by over 300 CCTV cameras a day.
The implosion of privacy continues. Auto license plate recognition was followed by facial ID software , and suspicious behaviour recognition programs to scan CCTV pixel clusters for “behavioral oddities.”
Tony Blair's final Homage to George Orwell & Monty Python is a £500,000 research grant to develop gait recognition cameras to alert Big Brother if anyone gets out of step.