Picture of Open Access badges

Discover Open Access research at Strathprints

It's International Open Access Week, 24-30 October 2016. This year's theme is "Open in Action" and is all about taking meaningful steps towards opening up research and scholarship. The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. Explore recent world leading Open Access research content by University of Strathclyde researchers and see how Strathclyde researchers are committing to putting "Open in Action".


Image: h_pampel, CC-BY

'I am not a number!' David Davis, The Prisoner and the critique of surveillance

Nellis, M. (2009) 'I am not a number!' David Davis, The Prisoner and the critique of surveillance. Surveillance and Society, 6 (1). pp. 48-51. ISSN 1477-7487

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)


In June 2008 the British Parliament debated the Government's proposal to detain terrorist subjects for up to 42 days while the case against them was investigated. Despite al the best arguments - including some from the security services themselves - being against this, the government won a narrow victory, largely because pusillanimous Labour MPs, many of whom did not support the case for 42 days, feared that a vote against would jeopardise the position of the already weakened Prime Minister. Outraged by this cynicism - but much to the chagrin of his own party leader - David Davis, the Home Affairs spokesman for the Conservative opposition, flamboyantly resigned his safe parliamentary seat in the Haltemprice and Howden constituency. He hoped by doing such a principled thing that he would generate a much needed public debate about the government's abuse of civil liberties, and the growth of the surveillance state more generally in Britain. As it turned out, this was not perhaps the way to generate such a debate, but an alternative suggested itself…