One of David Cameron's closest aides has resigned after being arrested on child pornography allegations.Not that I'm in favour of child porn or have any desire to watch it, but I very much believe thar the government would sooner or later use the filters it wants to screen out other stuff that they don't want us to see. It's mostly because I believe the government simply cannot be trusted to not look out for its own interests in that it would prevent us from viewing anything about expense abuse coupling their internet filter with the Hutton report.
Patrick Rock has been closely involved in drawing up Government policy on internet porn filters.
He quit after the Prime Minister learned he was at the centre of a police probe over images of child abuse.
Detectives from the National Crime Agency searched No 10 and examined IT systems and offices used by Mr Rock, deputy director of the Downing Street policy unit.
Mr Rock was a protege of Margaret Thatcher and has held a series of senior posts in the Conservative Party. He has been close to Mr Cameron for many years.
Described as the Prime Minister's 'policy fixer', the unmarried 62-year-old had been tipped as a leading contender for a Conservative peerage only weeks ago.
His arrest and resignation from Downing Street, where he has worked since 2011, will send shockwaves through the party's high command. The Prime Minister is said to be 'extremely shocked'.
It is in the governments interest to keep us ignorant of what's actually going on in the world from corporatism, the EU, islamism, immigration, scandals and suchlike and the internet porn filter is merely the thin end of the wedge in my opinion.
I do hope the guy (if found guilty) gets a severe sentence, but I doubt it will prevent the government from extending its tentacles into every aspect of our lives rather than insisting that it's our job to deal with problems including that of reporting child porn and making sure our kids don't see it by monitoring their web access.
People really need to get it into their heads that the state is not and never will be their friend...