Roland Perry on 02 September 2004 at 10:33 said:-
> Some of the car insurance is dependent on where you go, and how often,
> but supplying that information by way of a tracking system,
> rather than
> a list of "type a" and "type b" roads traversed is overkill.
> Similarly, I think I can support road pricing for motorways (on that
> basis), but the normal roads are a national asset and I don't think we
> should price by use. We don't price healthcare, education,
> library books
> or streetlamps by "use". And being free to move around the
> nation is if
> anything a more fundamental right than any of those.
One can view these matters in the wider scale as intrusions happening to the
majority within minority groups who have few effective defensive mechanisms.
With Principle one issues of fairness being most often clearly dealt with by
various means, or exemptions claimed, Principle two issues more frequently
then become a casualty, with changes in purpose frequently subject to risk
management or changed at a whim.
The larger intrusions seem to be developing as more of the assets of
organisations/social groups begin to be tracked and monitored more closely.
For instance, in today's risk situation it would be most strange in the
context of the apparently developing surveillance culture, for pressure not
to exist to tag and track all the significant assets of any social group,
material or human, to the same degree, as a means of enabling necessary
protection or safe guidance. Amazingly similar reasons seem to transfer
easily and are sustained by the same arguments, and as more people get used
to monitoring it will seem more natural. Maybe the transference originated
in the opposite direction and perhaps Human Rights law will develop to
accommodate accepted changes.
Tim Trent on 02 September 2004 at 09:19 said:-
> "George Orwell, where are you now?"
He died in January 1950, as many have done since. :-/
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