Installation of a network of secret Automatic Number-Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras has been completed this month throughout Scotland.

And Alan Burnett, overseer of the project for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, has revealed on-going plans to expand the system to local authority CCTV networks.

“We understand some people are worried about this being Big Brother,” he said, “but the general public shouldn’t worry. There are checks and balances regulating the intelligence on the system.”

Proponents of the network, such as Margaret Mitchell, the Scottish Tories’ justice spokeswoman, say the government needs to deploy “whatever resourses are available” to tackle terrorism.

I’d like to know the nature and extent of those “checks and balances”, Mr Burnett.

“It is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”- Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

‘Big Brother’ concerns as secret system of cameras is rolled out