Ripa. Meant for terrorists. Used on gardeners.

Over at This is Croydon Today, a story that should be unbelievable but actually shows something so increasingly common that it is likely to produce shrugs instead.  The Council has used Ripa covert surveillance Prune-a-hedgeto try to catch a man trimming a tree. He hadn't stolen it – he'd pruned it. The council hunted through the records of mobile telephones in the area to find out who had done it.

Anyone who dreams that councils use Ripa powers responsibly should listen to this example.  It is a disgrace that unelected officials are snooping on us like this – and it happens all the time.

These powers are meant for terrorism and serious crimes – but they are abused every single day.

All Croydonians will be naturally be wondering who else has been spied on like this.  And so should you.

This sort of absurd excess shows why no Ripa reform short of banning councils from using these powers at all will ever be enough.

By Alex Deane

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in Home | One Comment

1 Comment

  1. Kay Lidington
    6th November 2009

    Several public servants were paid to decide that this was ‘crime’ worth investigating. They will eventually retire on a pension nearly as generous as the pay they drew while considering this important decision. Local people and local businesses struggle to stay afloat whilst paying the wages and pensions of these leaches. Want to boost the economy? Just axe these jobsworths and the drain on enterprise and freedom funding them requires. Forget VAT cuts — give householders £20+ each a week to spend by cutting out the costs of these tin-pot dictators, and improve the quality of life by reducing the predatory threat that the State has become.