By martinwheeler | Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 13:10
For several years now, Glastonbury has had a few webcams operating from : the High Street; the Market Place; and more recently, the Abbey.
Today, these cameras have been "redacted". (That's journo-speak for "edited out of existence" for the non-observant among you.)
Because, apparently, the 'locals' object.
Do they ?
OK. So *who* exactly are these 'locals' ? And how many of them are there ? And what *official* channels did they use to make a decision in the name of the town ? And where are the official records of this decision being discussed; and implemented ?
Or is this just a re-run of the town wi-fi debacle -- an innovative, useful (but eventually highly expensive) exercise wrecked; ruined; totally destroyed BY A TINY HANDFUL OF VOCIFEROUS NUTTERS WITH *NIL* TECHNICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCIENCE -- but an active anti-social 'alternative' agenda to rigidly preserve this town as a haven for like-minded loonies, conspiracy theorists, nutters, and the sort of 'colourful characters' regularly seen on the High Street -- or indeed, parading their paranoiac tendencies about whatever turns them on this week on the pages of this forum.
I'm a local.
And I *don't* object to these cameras.
They're specifically focussed to render recognition of faces (or vehicle number-plates) unreadable. So what's the objection ?
Would the 'locals' responsible for having these cameras turned off please identify themselves ? Or would any local investigative journalist care to reveal their identities ?
We ALL have a right to know who they are.