It would be interesting to have a few more facts about the govt.'s intentions, though, which I'd personally want before signing anything. I can't believe it translates simply to a ban on all photography in public places. I realise it has something to do with photogs having ID cards. (So is that always or only in certain circumstances?) Much as I'm against any sort of ID card I can see the point of it in certain circumstances - no different from carrying a press card, for example?...Not enough yet to come to an informed opinion....
Not all of us are 'press' and would not qualify for a press card. I've never understood the objection to an ID Card; having carried one as a child just after the war.
Truer than you think. The British government (of either colour) has a proven track record of using force against legitimate protest. They did it to the miners, they did it to the Poll Tax protesters, (I was there for that one, still have the baton scars to prove it) they regularly do it to G8 protests. They have also installed a 'no protest' zone within a half mile radius of Westminster, so Ministers won't have to see the unwashed disagreeing with them.
Originally Posted by Pinholemaster
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Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
The G8 protestors are a different animal. Whilst most of them are legit and genuinely want to creatively express their opposition to G8 policies, there is a dedicated cadre within that group (who also come to protest IMF and World Bank meetings) whose sole purpose is to wreak mayhem and destruction. There's a huge difference between hanging banners on the fence at Parliament and ripping out street signs to batter public (and private) property.
Have to say, it sounds like a load of hot air to me. There is no reference to anything except some vague "identity card" requirement and I have heard nothing elsewhere, and nor as far as I can see, has anyone else.
Besides which, since when did lame-duck Blair listen to anything anyone tells him? The recent poll on the Downing Street website with, at last count, 1.4 million votes against Road Pricing has already been dismissed by the Govt. and they say they are going ahead with trials regardless. And they wonder why people feel disconnected from politics and do not vote anymore...
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This from the country with the highest security camera to citizen ratio in the world...
As you say Bob he hasn't listened to anyone yet. However as long as there is a list he cannot say nobody had opposed the idea.
Originally Posted by Bob F.
Obviously this is your fight in the UK - not mine.
But can I ask a question?
I see on the link that this is a e-petition to the government on a topic of obvious interest to all of us here.
But I did not see any link to the proposed legislation that the petition opposes; just a general statement that "there are a number of proposals to restrict...."
Did I miss something?
They will just be forced to buy postcards of "official, licensed" views.Feel more sorry for the locals who are no longer able to photograph their own kids' graduations, weddings, football matches, days on the pier, police corruption, PMs with their mistresses, military funerals, etc.
Originally Posted by zinzin
Possibly not, this could just be someone who heard from a friend of a friend or wants people to agree with his rant.
Originally Posted by copake_ham
That's not to say some places do seem to be saying "If you have a 'pro' camera" you need a permit" such as The London Eye or some council run winter festival (anyone who reads Amateur Photographer should be familiar with this story) but that's not legislation.
Here's the story on the London Eye
London Eye Restrictions
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