Wednesday 7 April 2010
I am reading Heather Brooke's new book The Silent State. Now is exactly the right time. She paints a very scary picture of how authority at all levels seeks to hide its activities -- whether nefarious, incompetent or run of the mill -- from citizens. The only time the state shows any interest in voters' or taxpayers' opinons -- apart of course from the obsessive but secret snooping into every aspect of their lives -- is during the four week clamour of an election campaign. Once they have your vote, bugger off and don't ask any questions awkward or otherwise.