It seems that courtesy of the efforts of the excellent people at ARCH, the press are finally catching up; eg from the Telegraph:
"Family life faces State 'Invasion'
Government surveillance of all children, including information on whether they eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, will be condemned tomorrow as a Big Brother system.
Experts say it is the biggest state intrusion in history into the role of parents."
Quite right too but further down, the ptb reportedly try to fob us off with their claims that innocent families in the UK will be protected by the Data Protection Act. This idea met with a burst of derisive laughter at the talk at LSE entitled Children: Over-Surveilled, Under Protected, which is well worth a listen, despite the crisp packet at the beginning.
The BBC also carried the story "Concerns over new child database". Here in response to accusations that we are turning into a surveilled society, the government claimed that the database would not include details of whether children were eating their five portions of fruit and veggies, but why this should be obvious to us is not clear, particularly after hearing recently that a teen was rather shocked to learn that his Connexions file not only included the standard information about him, but also remarks such as "was seen walking in the high street at 12.30 on Monday". Yikes! The Securitate may have been disbanded 16 years ago in Romania, but if any of them are still out there looking for jobs, it seems the UK may be the place to come.
The Daily Mail and The Guardian also join in on the right side of the argument...finally.