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Survey finds that most Brits are idiots

An overwhelming majority of people in Britain are willing to surrender civil liberties to help tackle the threat of terrorism, the nation’s leading social research institute will disclose today.The survey found seven in every 10 people think compulsory identity cards for all adults would be “a price worth paying” to reduce the threat of terrorism. Eight in 10 say the authorities should be able to tap the phones of people suspected of involvement in terrorism, open their mail and impose electronic tagging or home curfews.

6 replies on “Survey finds that most Brits are idiots”

I can’t summon the energy to comment on it at all – I’ve gone through the arguments too many times.

> The survey found seven in every 10 people think compulsory identity cards for all adults would be “a price worth paying” to reduce the threat of terrorism.

What pisses me off about that one is that seven out of ten people think that compulsory identity cards would reduce the threat of terrorism.

What pisses me off about that one is that seven out of ten people think that compulsory identity cards would reduce the threat of terrorism.

Yeah, you’d think the implications of endless variations on “they were such nice boys, who would have ever thought they could do something like this/ordinary middle-class kids/members of the cricket team” etc might have percolated through a bit. But perhaps it’s something to do with loose thinking around what identity actually is: there is the kind of identity (such as name and address) that would be captured by ID cards, and then there is the kind of identity reported on with such certainty by the press (such as “terrorist”, “rapist”, “serial killer”, “paedophile” etc) which obviously wouldn’t be: the Government makes no effort to make such a distinction more clear. Can’t think why.

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