... is SBC!
He brought us the most powerful tool we could have ever hoped for to combat the illegal tactics used by UKBA officers when intercepting cross-border shoppers. No longer can UKBA use intimidation and harassment with impunity.Not only did he tell everyone that they had the right to record the UKBA by any means they had available but he gave the actual UKBA documentation that proves without doubt that you can indeed record the UKBA.
The significance of this is immeasurable, because it forces the UKBA to behave and adhere to their very own procedures as they should've been doing in the first place.
N2D have in the past always advocated using covert recording devices to record any interviews with UKBA but we were unsure of the regs regarding openly recording them.We tried FOI's and other avenues but could not get an answer. Then along came SBC with not only the answer but the very UKBA document where it came from.
The next thing we had to do was to try it out because a theory is not good enough ... you have to put it to a practical test. Despite our best efforts to attract attention to ourselves, nothing happened.for months. lt mattered not whether we were carrying excise goods or not to test the open recording of the UKBA because if we were stopped we would tell them that we were recording them and see what happened. Finally it did happen and the results were astounding ... the UKBA were polite, courteous and did everything by the book! Since then others have had the same experience ... the UKBA behave themselves!
The only downside is that our fellow faux champions of freedom and liberty refuse to get this message out despite numerous requests. The requests don't even ask for links or anything to ourselves, indeed we said they didn't have to mention us at all. The silence was deafening! Go figure!
The upside is that we are making a difference though. Maybe not in the numbers we would like but that is down to the faux freedom champions of freedom and liberty. We continue to approach different people and groups but in the meantime we shall do what we ourselves can ... and what you yourself can.
SBC's document says :-
Note: Officers cannot stop someone if they choose to make a video or audio recording of the interview themselves using their own equipment such as a mobile phone, video camera etc. Full document can be downloaded from here
Finally, thanks to all the people who have sent us messages by text, comments or e-mail this Xmas. We do appreciate it greatly. lt is particularly nice to hear the stories of happy outcomes with the UKBA and not tales of woe and cries for help. Prevention is better than cure.
So again, thanks to SBC .... N2D's Person of the Year 2011.
Well done that man!
Well, l'm off again to enjoy the rest of the festive period.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!