As the government extends its belief in the market and strives to reduce public spending at all costs, it is contracting out the job of running the next UK census in 2011.
There are two companies that have been shortlisted to run the census. One of them is US firm Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest arms manufacturing company. They also carry out intelligence and surveillance work and are proud of their ability to combine information from a range of data sources around the world. Obviously, being a US military company, they have all kinds of links to ongoing US overseas wars and actions, overt and covert.
The same company won the contract for the last Canadian census. A nationwide campaign failed to stop them from carrying out the survey, but it did win the victory of ensuring that only government civil servants, and not private contractors, could handle the data that the census produced.
You can sign a petition here on the 10 Downing Street website to protest against this state of affairs. For more information go here to read about a campaign on this issue and here to see Lockheed Martin’s website.