In a short film on the Daily Politics (about 1 hour and 12 minutes into today's show), he laments and attacks the government's continuing interference in our lives. There is no ranting and a decent amount of simply presented information.
I do have one gripe though: in the subsequent lives interview, Mr Fairbrass does opine that surveillance cameras in crime hotspots are justified—although he does not praise them with the same glee that the smug and odious Labour peer does. Both she and Fairbrass are, however, wrong on this point.
Under Labour the number of CCTV cameras has increased 8 times from 67 schemes with approximately 5,238 cameras in 1997 to an estimated 500 systems with 40,000 cameras in 2002. The problem is that CCTV is a placebo.
CCTV makes people feel safer but has no impact on actual crime levels or crime clear up rates. This is an overconfidence that has lead to real miscarrages of justice, luckily this is rarer than it might be because even with high quality systems it is hard to identify people from CCTV that you are not already familar with, and CCTV is very rarely of high quality.
Then there is the small matter that almost all of these supposed crime prevention schemes are themselves illegal. Real criminal know how useless they are though and have absolutely no fear of them. The law abiding however are not so lucky, CCTV may not be any good for reducing crime but they are perfectly good enough to let the operators play the peeping tom.
William Hague defended CCTV on the grounds that it allowed us to determine who the 7/7 bombers were and might, in certain circumstances, prevent other people from doing the same. This is a total fantasy.
The 7/7 bombers were not acting in an illegal manner: it is still perfectly legal to take a rucksack or bag onto public transport and, unless you are going to search the bag of every person on public transport—something which is unfeasible practically and offensive from a civil liberties point of view—then surveillance cameras will do no such thing.
I did enjoy Mr Fairbrass's description of politicians as "bad bouncers"—they are constantly there at your door, making their presence felt at all times, because they don't actually know how to do their job.