Can we find 500 ways…


…of annoying, perfectly legally (it must be this way) jumped-up-bureaucrats?

David Davis

I had an idea while scanning Old Holborn on Facebook just now. The buggers have created 4,000+ new criminal offences in 13 years: let’s try and match that with the number of ways they can be irritated, annoyed, and obstructed, while staying entirely within the law as it stands. (This may have been an original idea of Sean gabb’s, I can’t remember.)

If they start to move the fences in their enragement at this process, then we will truly know what we are dealing with.

Comments please!

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23 responses to “Can we find 500 ways…

  1. Paul Robinson

    I should imagine that “staying entirely within the law as it stands” is actually quite difficult these days!

    I’m certainly up for your challenge – trouble is, I can only think of things that are probably illegal, like removing any tracking devices on your rubbish bins. I’ve checked mine, and there isn’t one yet – but it’ll be ripped out and disposed of “pdq” if one does appear!

    I’ll put my thinking cap on.

  2. Paul Robinson

    A further thought – have we got to the point where civil disobedience is unavoidable?

    The very fact that 4000+ new offences have been created, criminalises many of the things that previously only “inconvenienced” officials. It is very hard to “get up their noses” without the threat of possible prosecution – the answer to the question “What am I being prosecuted for?”, is “Don’t you worry, we’ll think of something!”.

    I doubt any of us want to commit acts of civil disobedience, but I think it is already very hard to avoid doing so, without completely submitting to “the authorities”.

  3. I don’t think we’ve quite reached that point yet Paul, leastways I hope we haven’t. But this re-raises Sean Gabb’s point about whether or not to fote Tory: five more years of New Labour and we’ll be into the disobedience thing big-time by about year 3 I think.

    The Tories would give us a little more time, as the pace of enslavement would be slower. Also the political future-possibilities immediately after a quick Tory-collapse-scenario (probable, maybe as soon as early-2011, while memories of new Labour are still fresh) may be more promising for liberalism than an artificially-delayed Labour-collapse at the same time or later.

    But let’s get the suggestions coming in! If we can’t find any, that will also tell us something about what pass we have come to!

  4. Paul Robinson

    Well, I’m still thinking, but in the meantime, this is a good place to look for ways to annoy policemen – you’ve probably come across it already, but….

    http://coppersblog.blogspot.com/

  5. It will be difficult, as we don’t have fences but fenceposts in place. We walk among them, they do not appear to be on our wag, but at any time the panels can be slid in.

  6. Here’s one: Don’t pay the telly tax. I don’t.

    I receive endless letters from a fictitious person telling me I’m breaking the law and can expect a visit from an inspector. But the letters go in the bin – there’s no proof that I’ve received any letters at all, they aren’t sent registered post and if the inspector calls, he ain’t getting in my house without a warrant from a judge.

  7. Of course the nuclear option would be for everyone not to pay any bills for a few months.
    Probably start with credit cards and move upwards and end up with all household bills, if enough people did it can you imagine the squealing noise those pigs with their noses in the trough would make?

  8. The irony is that the rules and regs were put in place as a way for the marxists to break the free market!
    While it sounds like fun to be as difficult as possible by staying within the law, the frustration of doing so is going so far against my ideals of not having to deal with bureaucracy that I doubt I would be able to take the stress!!

  9. It’s a bit hard to think of general purpose actions. If we started with some of the worst offenders and bought advertising billboards in their local (ie family) area about the consequences of their actions as a start. Nothing gets up your nose more than Rita from number 42 whinging directly to your mum. I can’t strictly think of a law against following public servants with a hd telly until they get caught breaking some traffic violations. An attractive woman or man could shag them and tell their wife what a cad they are. (Brighter people may need to check with a solicitor first..)

  10. A quick google finds this…

    http://www.starhawk.org/activism/198ways.html

    198 METHODS OF NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND PERSUASION
    by Gene Sharp
    FORMAL STATEMENTS
    1. Public speeches
    2. Letters of opposition or support
    3. Declarations by organizations and institutions
    4. Signed public declarations
    5. Declarations of indictment and intention
    6. Group or mass petitions
    COMMUNICATIONS WITH A WIDER AUDIENCE
    7. Slogans, caricatures, and symbols
    8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications
    9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books
    10. Newspapers and journals
    11. Records, radio, and television
    12. Skywriting and earthwriting
    GROUP REPRESENTATIONS
    13. Deputations
    14. Mock awards
    15. Group lobbying
    16. Picketing
    17. Mock elections
    SYMBOLIC PUBLIC ACTS
    18. Displays of flags and symbolic colors
    19. Wearing of symbols
    20. Prayer and worship
    21. Delivering symbolic objects
    22. Protest disrobings
    23. Destruction of own property
    24. Symbolic lights
    25. Displays of portraits
    26. Paint as protest
    27. New signs and names
    28. Symbolic sounds
    29. Symbolic reclamations
    30. Rude gestures
    PRESSURES ON INDIVIDUALS
    31. “Haunting” officials
    32. Taunting officials
    33. Fraternization
    34. Vigils
    DRAMA AND MUSIC
    35. Humorous skits and pranks
    36. Performances of plays and music
    37. Singing
    PROCESSIONS
    38. Marches
    39. Parades
    40. Religious processions
    41. Pilgrimages
    42. Motorcades
    HONORING THE DEAD
    43. Political mourning
    44. Mock funerals
    45. Demonstrative funerals
    46. Homage at burial places
    PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES
    47. Assemblies of protest or support
    48. Protest meetings
    49. Camouflaged meetings of protest
    50. Teach-ins
    WITHDRAWAL AND RENUNCIATION
    51. Walk-outs
    52. Silence
    53. Renouncing honours
    54. Turning one’s back
    THE METHODS OF SOCIAL NONCOOPERATION
    OSTRACISM OF PERSONS
    55. Social boycott
    56. Selective social boycott
    57. Lysistratic nonaction
    58. Excommunication
    59. Interdict
    NONCOOPERATION WITH SOCIAL EVENTS, CUSTOMS, AND INSTITUTIONS
    60. Suspension of social and sports activities
    61. Boycott of social affairs
    62. Student strike
    63. Social disobedience
    64. Withdrawal from social institutions
    WITHDRAWAL FROM THE SOCIAL SYSTEM
    65. Stay-at-home
    66. Total personal noncooperation
    67. “Flight” of workers
    68. Sanctuary
    69. Collective disappearance
    70. Protest emigration (hijrat)
    ECONOMIC NONCOOPERATION
    ACTION BY CONSUMERS
    71. Consumers’ boycott
    72. Nonconsumption of boycotted goods
    73. Policy of austerity
    74. Rent withholding
    75. Refusal to rent
    76. National consumers’ boycott
    77. International consumers’ boycott
    ACTION BY WORKERS AND PRODUCERS
    78. Workers’ boycott
    79. Producers’ boycott
    ACTION BY MIDDLE-PEOPLE
    80. Suppliers’ and handlers’ boycott
    ACTION BY OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
    81. Traders’ boycott
    82. Refusal to let or sell property
    83. Lockout
    84. Refusal of industrial assistance
    85. Merchants’ “general strike”
    ACTION BY HOLDERS OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES
    86. Withdrawal of bank deposits
    87. Refusal to pay fees, dues, and assessments
    88. Refusal to pay debts or interest
    89. Severance of funds and credit
    90. Revenue refusal
    91. Refusal of a government’s money
    ACTION BY GOVERNMENTS
    92. Domestic embargo
    93. Blacklisting of traders
    94. International sellers’ embargo
    95. International buyers’ embargo
    96. International trade embargo
    THE METHODS OF ECONOMIC NONCOOOPERATION
    SYMBOLIC STRIKES
    97. Protest strike

    98. Quickie walkout (lightning strike)
    AGRICULTURAL STRIKES
    99. Peasant strike
    100. Farm workers’ strike
    STRIKES BY SPECIAL GROUPS
    101. Refusal of impressed labor
    102. Prisoners’ strike
    103. Craft strike
    104. Professional strike
    ORDINARY INDUSTRIAL STRIKES
    105. Establishment strike
    106. Industry strike
    107. Sympathy strike
    RESTRICTED STRIKES
    108. Detailed strike
    109. Bumper strike
    110. Slowdown strike
    111. Working-to-rule strike
    112. Reporting “sick.” (sick-in)
    113. Strike by resignation
    114. Limited strike
    115. Selective strike
    MULTI-INDUSTRY STRIKES
    116. Generalised strike
    117. General strike
    COMBINATION OF STRIKES AND ECONOMIC CLOSURES
    118. Hartal
    119. Economic shutdown
    THE METHODS OF POLITICAL NONCOOPERATION
    REJECTION OF AUTHORITY
    120. Withholding or withdrawal of allegiance
    121. Refusal of public support
    122. Literature and speeches advocating resistance
    CITIZENS’ NONCOOPERATION WITH GOVERNMENT
    123. Boycott of legislative bodies
    124. Boycott of elections
    125. Boycott of government employment and positions
    126. Boycott of government departments, agencies, and other bodies
    127. Withdrawal from governmental educational institutions
    128. Boycott of government-supported institutions
    129. Refusal of assistance to enforcement agents
    130. Removal of own signs and placemarks
    131. Refusal to accept appointed officials
    132. Refusal to dissolve existing institutions
    CITIZENS’ ALTERNATIVES TO OBEDIENCE
    133. Reluctant and slow compliance
    134. Nonobedience in absence of direct supervision
    135. Popular nonobedience
    136. Disguised disobedience
    137. Refusal of an assemblage or meeting to disperse
    138. Sitdown
    139. Noncooperation with conscription and deportation
    140. Hiding, escape, and false identities
    141. Civil disobedience of “illegitimate” laws
    ACTION BY GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL
    142. Selective refusal of assistance by government aides
    143. Blocking of lines of command and information
    144. Stalling and obstruction
    145. General administrative noncooperation
    146. Judicial noncooperation
    147. Deliberate inefficiency and selective noncooperation by enforcement agents
    148. Mutiny
    DOMESTIC GOVERNMENTAL ACTION
    149. Quasi-legal evasions and delays
    150. Noncooperation by constituent governmental units
    INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENTAL ACTION
    151. Changes in diplomatic and other representation
    152. Delay and cancellation of diplomatic events
    153. Withholding of diplomatic recognition
    154. Severance of diplomatic relations
    155. Withdrawal from international organizations
    156. Refusal of membership in international bodies
    157. Expulsion from international organisations
    THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT INTERVENTION
    PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION
    158. Self-exposure to the elements
    159. The fast (fast of moral pressure, hunger strike, satyagrahic fast)
    160. Reverse trial
    161. Nonviolent harassment
    PHYSICAL INTERVENTION
    162. Sit-in
    163. Stand-in
    164. Ride-in
    165. Wade-in
    166. Mill-in
    167. Pray-in
    168. Nonviolent raids
    169. Nonviolent air raids
    170. Nonviolent invasion
    171. Nonviolent interjection
    172. Nonviolent obstruction
    173. Nonviolent occupation
    SOCIAL INTERVENTION
    174. Establishing new social patterns
    175. Overloading of facilities
    176. Stall-in
    177. Speak-in
    178. Guerrilla theatre
    179. Alternative social institutions
    180. Alternative communication system
    ECONOMIC INTERVENTION
    181. Reverse strike
    182. Stay-in strike
    183. Nonviolent land seizure
    184. Defiance of blockades
    185. Politically motivated counterfeiting
    186. Preclusive purchasing
    187. Seizure of assets
    188. Dumping
    189. Selective patronage
    190. Alternative markets
    191. Alternative transportation systems
    192. Alternative economic institutions
    POLITICAL INTERVENTION
    193. Overloading of administrative systems
    194. Disclosing identities of secret agents
    195. Seeking imprisonment
    196. Civil disobedience of “neutral” laws
    197. Work-on without collaboration
    198. Dual sovereignty and parallel government

  11. There is also a unique opportunity on the 6th of May, an available pressure point or fulcrum, all perfectly legal.

    Encourage everyone you meet to vote for the minor parties instead of the LibLabCon Axis of Traitors.

    This may very well lead to a Hung Parliament, bond markets jack up interest rates, uk rating falls, taxes go up and other general hilarities leading to Civil Disturbance.

    Then out of the Ashes and all that …

  12. This is one I love doing to the good people at the Council Tax “Service”.
    When I get my new council tax bill I set up a monthly direct debit. The following month I cancel it and pay cash. Next month I set up a direct debit – then cancel again a month later.
    ad infinitum.

    Occasionally I re-register mine and the wifes cars in each others names and get new documents.

  13. I first came across a group called bureaucrash when I got involved in Libertarianism in 19998. I didn’t pay it much attention but believe you might benefit from looking them up.

    You basically give the bureaucrats so much to do that they can’t spend time thinking of new ways to annoy you (careful they don’t use it to hire more staff!). Official Information Requests work. Letters of complaint with trivial responses to their responses. I’d suggest you need to target a bureaucracy with your mates if you’re to succeed.

  14. Potholes. It’s easy to find a hundred within easy walking distance of your home.

    Phone in each one individually to your council’s roads office, and to the Highways Agency. Get a call reference number for each call. Do one a day.

    Take the list you have and swap it with a friend’s. Then phone that one in while your friend phones in yours too.

  15. I like the big list of nonviolent protest methods. Skywriting “Gordon is a c&^t” in hundred-foot smoke trails over Westminster would have a certain class about it.

  16. Filling in job applications for government positions you have no intention of taking, going so far as arranging an interview and not turning up.

    Stop smoking, drinking and driving or limit it as far as possible. They keep upping the taxes on these things to encourage us to stop doing them. Fine, stop doing it and cut off their access to your cash.

    Stop buying goods, or delay buying goods. Buy only the bare essentials for one month, delaying luxury purchases, in the second month, buy anything you want and stock up on things to see you through the next month. Done in a coordinated way tax receipts could fall heavily for a month.

  17. It’s not just Gordon though, is it?

    Oily Cameron and Osborne don’t have the knowledge or courage to get us out of this mess, just a knack for climbing greasy poles.

  18. peter horne

    Always refuse to co-operate. If accused of anything always deny it, always plead not guilty, always complain about official treatment, where possible always allege racism, homophobia etc, strangle the system with its own absurd attitudes, prejudices, paperwork requests under freedom of Information act etc., If everyone did this the system would collapse, if onlt 10% of us did this the system would eventually grind to a shuddering halt.

  19. I think the withdrawl of bank deposits just for one (same) day would jigger things up a bit.

    To do so I expect would put you on the Domestic Extremist list. Again.

  20. @winston – brew your own booze , a trip across to Europe once every two/three months – Goverment big loser !

    @BUCKO – used to write a letter to the council tax dated saturday – not very eloquent saying I had no work to go to ………………………… Tax Man – GF left I cant read sorry mate ………………

    Ohh brings back happy memories – thanks for the reminders

  21. @odinsraven
    LOL, return all bills with a badly spelled letter saying you can’t read, product of labour’s education system.

    fake some emails. then withdraw all your bank deposits and send it by western union to a “scammer” in a foreign country, who sends it back to you. declare bankruptcy.

  22. ROBERTCROSS

    Bugger this nonsense,it sounds like naughty children in the playground,how about a couple of million of us converging upon westminster,demanding what the English people want for a change,extract guarantees,and if none are forthcomming rip these bastards throats out,and install a government by the English people,for the English people,in the service of the English people,if you lot of girls want to bring your handbags then i suppose that is acceptable,only be prepared to ladder your tights.

  23. If you get a parking ticket from one of those companies that have cameras in supermarkets etc demand to see the CRB checks on all personnell involved in monitoring the cameras and processing the data. They haven’t had CRB checks. Don’t bother with the parking companies, take it up with MacDonalds, Tesco etc and voice your fears about predatory paedophiles manning the CCTV. Then complain to the DVLA and ask them why they’re selling data to unchecked people.

    It worries them when you scream paedophile and puts them to a deal of trouble. Use their own tools against them. Same procedure to apply to any jobsworth who hassles you, especially when you’re with your children.