“During a recent visit to London I had a nasty incident, which killed interest in any further trips to this city. As I was taking pictures of double-decker buses with my son, we were approached by two policemen. First, we were told that it is forbidden to take pictures of anything in conjunction with transport. Then our names, passport numbers and London hotel address were noted. After that we were forced to delete all pictures that included any transport - even pictures of the new underground station in Vauxhall, which is a modern sculpture! These deletions were not only enforced destruction of private property, but an infringement of our privacy.
I understand the need for some sensitivity in an era of terrorism, but isn’t it naive to think terrorism can be prevented by terrorising tourists?
A letter to the Guardian newspaper from a rightfully disgruntled tourist after a recent visit to London, a place he will never visit again.
This just goes to show the frightening face of fascism at work in this country and is particularly evident in London the capital of world infamy and a city I have little or no desire to visit again either. The police have been set up to act like an armed mafia, whose activities wholly discredit their rank. It is about time those among their ranks stopped behaving like programmed robots and question the why’s and wherefore’s of what they are being asked to do. Either that or leave the force and get a more sane job somewhere else. After all, the police are only undertaking their master’s bidding and although some of their ranks engaged in this type of work - making ridiculous demands of innocent people under the guise of a phony terrorism ruse - may feel themselves to be superior in some obscene way, they are as much a victim of this outrageous inquisition as the rest of us.
The sooner they realise that the better.