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Independent Safeguarding Authority – Guilty until proven Innocent

The news that yet another government organisation is setting up operations to pry into the lives of British subjects comes as no surprise.

Since 1997 when New Labour came to power, they have created hundreds of new laws, established scores of new agencies, and messed around government departments with impunity.

Some examples: The DHSS (Department of Health and Social Security) became the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions).

The DoE (Department of Environment) became the ODPM (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) which later became the DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government).

The Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise is now the HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs), MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food) is now DEFRA (Department of Food and Rural Affairs). The Home Office has ceded powers to the new Ministry of Justice. The list goes on.

In addition agencies and quangos were established, such as the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and now, beginning in October we have the ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority).

There's also been the embarrassing creation of the Swine Flu hotline, manned by telephone operators with no medical qualifications whatsoever, and all because of a government which is constantly chasing it's tail and pandering to knee jerk reaction.

The ODPM was a creation to give the then deputy prime-minister John Prescott something to do. Due to his bumbling and officious nature, and his subsequent fall from grace, it was hastily renamed. Unfortunately it came too late as the damage had already been done. Talk to any member of the Fire Brigade about what they thought of him and you'll know the reason why.

But back to the new ISA (not to be confused with the Individual Savings Account, which was created by Gordon Brown when he was chancellor to replace the highly regarded PEP – Personal Equity Plan).

This new ISA is designed to ensure everyone who has any remote contact with children are not known or secret paedophiles. It's likely to effect over 11 million people, who must prove they are not a danger to children or the elderly.

Volunteers who drive children to clubs and sports grounds, dinner ladies, authors reading their works in schools, host families opening their homes to overseas students & etc will all be vetted. Failure to seek approval will result in a £5000 fine or imprisonment, as indeed will those organizations who didn't seek appropriate references. They say that this will not affect any private arrangements between family and friends, but why stop there?

The enhanced CRB check is not good enough (which costs about £35) so another check is required (costing £68), to ensure that the average Brit is not a rampant sexual pervert. Volunteers will get it for free apparently. But that's beside the point. This will create the largest database of personal information on a citizen anywhere else in the world. This new office will employ 200 people.

How long it will take to do the necessary checks is anyones guess, and I foresee severe disruption. My own daughter who is studying to be a teacher, and has no previous convictions, had to wait more than six weeks for her CRB check. She even had to pay for it. Nice money for the treasury, but then again it's paid out into the salaries of the employees responsible for running it presumably.

How much more can we take? The UK already has the highest number of CCTV cameras anywhere in the world, indeed there are small London boroughs with more of them than in the whole of New York City.

But what does all this say about our society. Indeed, what does it say about the power and control of government. I doubt Stalin had a third of the surveillance techniques which Britain now has, and he was ruler of one of the most state controlled nations on the planet. Even the Chinese don't have this level of control – how they must be envious!

Meanwhile we march on ever blindly, allowing our so called elected representatives to create a society that George Orwell could not even have envisaged when he wrote 1984.

And how damaging is this for our children? To grow up in a world where the only contact they have with adults is if they have been vetted and rubber stamped for approval?

How is it likely to encourage volunteers, who must have their privacy examined just so they can make an innocent contribution to their community? Very rich from a government that only two years ago embarked on a drive to encourage more volunteers in society.

The same shower that can't address drunken yobbish behaviour yet still permitted 24 hour licensing. The same bunch of hypocrites that acknowledges problem gambling but still tried to open mega-gambling palaces. The same arseholes who denied settlement rights to Gurkhas but quickly changed their tune. My God! This government has done more u-turns than a Polish plumber laced with vodka! There are scores of other examples, and yet so conditioned to them, we accept them as par.

Of course children must be protected, but would this legislation have prevented the Moors Murders from happening? And what about the horrifying murder of Sarah Payne by Roy Whiting, who was already on a sex-offenders register, but as a van driver would escape these new checks, because his job was not one involving children?

What about those with no history of sexual crime yet, but may develop it later? How far will things go?

This whole business began with the Soham murders by the school caretaker Ian Huntley. Yes, it was a shocking crime, and equally shocked the nation. Nevertheless it was very rare.

When I remarked somewhere else on this blog, that the time will come when even parents will need vetting just to visit their children's school, I said it with tongue in cheek. And yet it looks as if that day will soon be upon us. Anymore of this and prospective parents will require vetting before they even conceive.

Had this government been in power in 1940 when mass evacuation took place and hundreds of thousands of children were sent off to strangers throughout the country, it's unlikely we would have fought the war at all. By the time the bureaucratic forms and vetting procedures had taken place, Hitler would have already invaded.

You can imagine the scenario. "We are at war with Germany. However, due to the necessary ISA checks, it will take too long to evacuate our children to safe havens, and therefore, to prevent them being placed in danger, we have concluded that it's better to just let them stay at home. Consequently, to ensure their safety, we have informed Mr Hitler that it would be better if he didn't bomb us and we have invited him to move in peacefully. We are putting the best interests of our young people first, and we consider this to be the best option."

The day we get rid of this pathetic, useless, state-controlling government cannot come soon enough.

Postscript: Since writing this, it now appears that the cowboy plumbers running this country are about to make another u-turn. The ISA has suspended operations for three months while the system undergoes a review. You don't need to be a sooth-sayer to foresee the actions of this government. They can be read like a book. What a shower!


September 11, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. As is so often the case with your posts, absolutely spot on. Couldn’t agree with you more. The true consequences of all this gibberish is that when a perpetrator is found. Why, he has more rights than a person would ever manage to read about.
    Bring back the gallows and stretch a few of their necks and one will see how fast things are sorted out. Oh! dearie, dearie me, one cannot have that. Instead he/she must be put up at the expense of the taxpayer in one of her Majesty’s prisons. I’ll have the roast beef and three veg, if you don’t mind.


    Comment by Spook Moor | September 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. An absolute reversal of the fundamental principle of jurisprudence that one is innocent until proved guilty. I have had three CRB checks in the past fivee years – the last one took three months to obtain, apparently because I have lived in several different police authority areas over the course of my life. It is a further impediment to me becoming a supposedly economically active individual. On a practical level – why don’t the authors of this nonsense not refer to the previous CRB’s of an individual rather than having to go through the entire process again? ? I’m sure that contemporary IT systems are capable of such magic – after all they able to tell me how much money I don’t have in my bank account fairly efficiently, it seems.
    I am fed up with perpetually being suspected as a paedophiliac homicidal rapist as a matter of course. I was recently requested to get a CRB so that I could have access to my son. This is complete minority report madness – I wanna get outta here. Institutionalised paranoia. How can you remain sane in a society that has instituted insanity?


    Comment by Peter Stevenson | November 28, 2009 | Reply

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