Just a short post this. There's the feeling that the UK is sleepwalking into a Police state. Usually I take all this with a pinch of salt - or rather a hefty bag of the stuff, but now I'm not quite so sure!
A friend of mine was at the recent protests at Heathrow. Lots of fun I hear, no real bust ups between the protesters and police, just everyone playing their part. During the course of this my friend had a number of stop-and-searches, for things like, cycling. The normal thing is to not give name and address unless they have a particular reason. But on one occasion they took the IMEI number from his cheapo Nokia 1112 phone. Pretty wierd that, they had a laptop somehow connected to to the phone network or something when they were doing it. We thought it was probably just to keep track on him.
But this week, his phone has been mysteriously security locked (which they only do if it has been reported stolen, which it hasn't been). So he's now phone-less! Anyone know why the phone has been locked?