Liberty and tyranny: what non-violent and legal things could everyone do, every day, to upset and rile bureaucrats and “big-States”?

David Davis

I confess: the idea is not mine. Sean Gabb and I were discussing, in our inimitably pessimistic way, earlier this year, what kinds of things ordinary Subjects of the Crown could do, in their daily lives, to either annoy or make more difficult the lives of our political masters and their more lowly appointees.

The provisos were that:-

(1) We should try not to cause criminal damage. So 30,000 builders in 10,000 White Vans with 20,000 Stihl-Saws at 02.00 am GMT, all cutting down the posts of the speed cameras at one moment in time, will NOT do.

(2) We should not physically harm or otherwise assault bureaucrats, Ministers, MPs, their families, and the like. I recall that we could not decide what to do about “Traffic Wardens” or “Artificial Policemen“.

Please could ALL readers suggest something in the comments. Some things I can think of:-

(1) ALWAYS be seen to be filming the officers of the State, or else pretend to photograph them, while they are going about their “business” – even if you are not so doing. We all now carry little peanut-sized-thingies that not only film stuff but phone people, make tea, tell you whree you are etc. It is not (yet) a crime to make privaye movies in public places. this will increase their “workplace stress”, and with a bit of luck some of them will clock off “sick”. We will not be any the worse thereby, even though they still cost us.

(2) Place “Britain is leaving the EU: it is inevitable” stickers on State notices of all kinds. Also on the rear number plates of “official cars” and the like. Or, over the bar-code on their tax discs. This will cause inconvenience when the vehilces pass through ANPR camerae (now believed to be live) and does not cause any damage as they wash off.

(3) Place small but ostensibly accidental amounts of the wrong recyclable material (such as a large rusty steel automotive pressing like a flywheel or a Brake Disk,  into a plastic box for beer cans) into any State Receptacle designed for another sort. If what they say is true, this renders the entire bulk amout later, useless.

(4) ALWAYS ( or affect to ) smoke in the presence of a State Employee, ideally inside a building or a car (it becomes a “workplace” if there are 2 or more of you in it!) or if not, then in your house or on the street.

I would welcome lots more suggestions. I want 100 good ones by Christmas, to cheer you all up with on a special “ANNOY A BUREAUCRAT FOR THE CHILDREN AT CHRISTMAS” post………………..

14 responses to “Liberty and tyranny: what non-violent and legal things could everyone do, every day, to upset and rile bureaucrats and “big-States”?

  1. Tony old fella!

    I have not time to buy books and cans them for stuff!

    I wanted YOU to suggest something (or some things….)

    ‘you all right then? DD

  2. I really want this blog’s commentariat to contribute to a “collective” (ho ho ho) effort!

  3. Hello David,
    My best suggestion is NOT to fight against “the machine” (the so-called “political masters”, “bureau-rats” and “big states”), but to where-ever whenever and however possible BUILD the “better world” you seek. See:


  4. The most effective thing you can do is to know the law, and to know your rights. The police, et al, invariably do not. This creates all sorts of interesting scenarios when being stopped and questioned in our wonderful police state.

    It is also fun to throw in a few nonsense questions among the genuine ones ~ ‘Have you satisfied the requirements of SOCF 8.1 during this search?’ ‘What the f**k is SOC or whatever?’ ‘Uh hu’ (whilst making a nonsense note on your notepad).

  5. Do you have any of those stickers? That’s a truly great idea. If I had any idea how to, I’d be creating a series of products mocking the EU.

    For example, an EU ring of fire doormat, an EU flag handkerchief, toilet paper. figurines of Sarkozy spanking Havel (crap idea maybe) a music video using flatulence sound effects and references to curry to the ‘Ring of Fire’ song by Johnny Cash. Alas I am poor and without any business sense.

  6. Sources for the stuckers:-
    (1) Try Peter Watson who lives in Dorset, you can reach him at

    or you can speak to him on skype (I don’t know how)

    or you can talk with him on

    You can also try Bill and Ann Woodhouse, whose email is

    I have about ten left which i put about.

    You an also print your own from able-labels at about £2 a hundred.


    Good suggestions will be amalgamated into a post, which I shall probably get young Peter to write in the night over the holidays (good practice for him, and no school the following day…) and we may then publish in here or in

    as a little pamphlet.

  8. ‘Fraid there won’t be a prize for the best suggestion (Peter Davis’s decision shall be final) but we may decide to flag it in its own post here, if the author agrees.

  9. Steven Northwood

    I agree with James. It’s best to show at every opportunity where and how things which the Government does are wrong. I mean, what happens to a legal or political system when it has been openly proven to be unjust?

    Technically, I’m not quite sure, but at every opportunity each and every person who is a victim of it has something which they can use to bring the system into oppribrium, which undermines said system.

    This puts into good context to the saying “give them enough rope to hang themselves with”, if you see what I mean.

    And after all;

    “Freedom, is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four”.

    Apparently if that particular freedom is given, everything else, at least all that is true, will follow.

  10. Rod Liddle’s article in the Spectator tells of an apology made by Selfridges to an elderly lady who sat on Santa’s lap. ‘We do not promote or pro-actively seek lap-sitting’, they wrote. Perhaps sitting on your friend’s lap in Selfridges is now a subversive act?

  11. Freedom of Information requests is a good one. Request information to the tiniest detail about any irritating legislation/decision/police operation/ council snooping etc.

  12. Video and tape the police when they say “Public assistance is welcome” and then arrest someone for complaining about anti-social behaviour, as in a danger to littlle children – in their own home by being so out of their heads they are violent and abusive, so loud you can hear it over the road, for wating police time, again, because the police cannot find any overt open and obvious evidence of such behaviour. Said dude is “bound over”…then arrested for talking to a policeperson at a residents metting about anti-social behaviour, found guilty in court, fined and bound over – not allowed to dial 999 in relation to the polce nor the local police help line is off limits to him. I am not making this up. It happened March 2011.
    So my very late suggestion is always record and video where you are and make notes of why you are there when a policeperson is persent and might just arrest you for attending and daring to talk in a residents or other public meeting!

  13. Non violent civil disobedience remains the most effective method, but it takes time and popular support. In the meantime simply refuse to be a part of the foolishness – don’t vote, don’t rely on government services, don’t call the police. Jury nullification is also gaining popularity here in the US – folks have even been very publicly arrested for simply discussing the option in front of court houses.