UK: The cost of surveillance
is huge: £20 billion, a equivalent amount to £800 per household and includes £19 billion for the planned ID card system and £500 million for CCTV cameras.
The report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance was highlighted by David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, who stands in a by-election this week on the issue of civil liberties. Mr Davis resigned as an MP after the opposition failed to defeat Government plans to hold terrorism suspects for 42 days.
Mr Davis said: “This is yet further damning evidence of Big Brother’s expensive tastes. ID cards, CCTV, the DNA database and other measures are a huge waste of taxpayers’ money on policies that undermine freedom and are utterly ineffective in fighting crime or terrorism.
But everything in life is not money. And counterterrorism is not an exception.