There are many, many security cameras in the UK. I’ve heard claims that we’re all recorded by 23,345 of the things every day. Anyway, not content with watching us all, it seems the Powers That Be want to give everyone a good talking to as well. BBC News reports that after a trial scheme in Middlesbrough, a system of “talking cameras” is to be extended to more parts of the country.
The idea is that when an operator sees someone doing something “anti-social”, they’ll be able to use speakers mounted by the cameras to remonstrate with the reprobate. I’m not sure if they’ll have a collection of stock phrases pre-recorded, or if they’ll be just talking into a microphone.
It’s worth a look at the BBC story, if only for the pictures showing how the scheme will work.
Of course, people with even moderate levels of paranoia might have a problem if security cameras start giving them orders…
 Or some such arbitrary number of them
 Which is a bit worrying, as there are days when I don’t leave the house
 Dropping litter, having a bad haircut in a public place, that sort of thing
 Nice word, “reprobate”. I should use it more often