A difference of opinion

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Monday, January 29th, 2007
10:01 am and is filed
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Page 3 opinion shock!The Scum – You are undie surveillance: Officials are bracing themselves for a storm of public outrage over their controversial X-ray cameras scheme. As part of the most shocking extension of Big Brother powers ever planned here, lenses in lampposts would snap “naked” pictures of passers-by to trap terror suspects. The proposal is contained in leaked documents drawn up by the Home Office and presented to PM Tony Blair’s working group on Security, Crime and Justice.

The Scum Says – X-ray spies: The prospect of X-ray cameras at every street corner is truly terrifying. If that’s not Big Brother, we don’t know what is. Ministers are right to do everything to protect us from terrorists. But we draw the line at such an invasion of privacy – and privates.

Today on Page 3, Kelley has ‘mixed feelings’ over the idea of anti-terror X-ray machines that can see through clothes and says: “I’m for it – I’ve nothing to hide. But some will see it as yet more intrusion.”

Hmmm. Well, I could make an unfair comment about Keeley having “nothing to hide” or focus on the fallacy of the ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ argument, but I think instead I’ll point out the one itty-bitty-bit-of-titty thing that’s bugging me this morning:

Yes, when a leak hits The Downing Street Echo, it’s usually there to sell an idea, not scupper one. But, even though Big John isn’t mentioned by named in this piece, this is almost certainly part of Operation ‘Get Reid’ (1, 2, 3).

What makes this such an oddity is that normally, when the same issue is addressed on Page 3 and the main editorial (i.e. often), the ‘opinion’ of the model is 100% in keeping with the opinion of editor Rebekah Wade… but not this time.

What gives?

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