I picked up a copy of The Spectator on the way back from Estonia to find a piece by Ross Clark that the government is creating a new force of almost untrained amateur policemen to patrol the streets. They are employed by private companies and work on commission. They more fines they impose, the more the earn.
Back home I checked P292 of Security Breach, when Kat was helped by a local farmer, called Margaret. “They put a camera on every corner,” she says. “Then, when they don’t like someone, they find something you’re doing wrong.”
Security Breach, was meant to be a not-so-distant future.