Friday, 6 August 2010

Radio 5 Live debates: Cameras or crime, you choose

Radio 5 Live hosted a call-in this morning about CCTV. Overall it was a balanced presentation, with the usual rhetoric issuing from both sides of the debate.

On the one hand, CCTV is a step too far. On the other hand, we feel safer with CCTV and besides if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.

Most balanced comment came from Akim (sorry if I've misspelled your name) who made the point that there are pros and cons to installing CCTV, but if the worst that you can say about it is that it can record your image in a public place, then that's not enough to condemn it.

There's a small (very small) contribution from yours truly near the end of the programme.

You can listen to it until Friday 13th August at


  1. "if the worst that you can say about it is that it can record your image in a public place".actually no-the truth of the matter is that the blanketing of every public space in the uk shows a fundamental lack of trust between state and citizen....and the fact that most seem content with this shows that even worse,there is no trust between citizens.a great shame

  2. I agree Nino, but unfortunately we live in a world where crime exists, I have some friends who kept getting burgled by their neighbours , the problem was so bad that they sold the house at a loss in order to get away.

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