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Soph, the awful reality is that ANYONE who has passed through a UK border has been "surveilled" to an extent that exceeds almost anywhere else on the planet. GCHQ probably knows your brand of underwear and perfume. And please don't try the old "what have you got to hide?" argument. The emerging revelations where the Downing Street police (for heavens sake!) are having to answer to suspicions of a conspiracy that stitched up a UK Government Minister in pursuit of a political vendetta OUGHT to send the wake-up shiver of all time, down any sentient subject's spine. It is perfectly reasonable to ask both who is watching the watchers - and why should our now apparently politicised police force be the only ones able to own firearms in the land? Paddy Rices everywhere do not need any more state-funded winged or wheeled instruments of mass suppression until the police can be trusted once again. A constable in 15th century armour on horse patrol on Sark would also be a considerable tourist attraction.