With surveillance cameras all around us in Britain, and ID cards on the march, a lot of people are living in fear of a 1984 scenario. Others can’t get enough of it. A man called Keith Farran has just been punished for running around Middlesborough licking CCTV cameras. I quote the BBC website: “He would pester drivers for money to wash their cars and if they refused he would dance around gesticulating and licking cameras.” Apparently Farran did this so that his smeared saliva would prevent police from seeing him harass motorists. But what’s wrong with giving a bit of love to Big Brother?
– Donal Coonan