The big day has come. Census Day 2011. Time to fill out the form. Or not?
Actually, I have just spent ten minutes filling mine in. I am not really keen to join the boycott. I boycott many companies and there are bigger fish to fry.
I don’t really see the Census as Big-Brother-gone-mad. What I do object to, however, is being threatened with a £1,000 fine.
I have the Scottish version, of course, and there are two questions I find interesting.
The first choice in the religion question is “None.”
That’s odd. Normally “none” appears at the bottom of a list of choices. Is this an attempt to encourage a vote for “none” I wonder?
Then there is the question, “What is your ethnic group?”
I am not prepared to answer this one because we are all members of the human race, ergo, all equal. I am an ethnic human. Why does anyone need any more information than that?
Another reason some people are boycotting the Census is the involvement of Lockheed Martin – for the reason that they make fighter jets, weapons and munitions.
Bobbie in the comments of that article writes,
Notwithstanding Lockhead’s involvement in destructive weapons, the fact that the ONS are saying that our data is going to a UK company is bending the truth.
On the bottom of each page of the form you will see a bar code and a number. This is a computer phone line. The number on my form is 303 918 3191. Please, please, please type this into Google before you send your forms in.
2nd paragraph of Google says. Denver, Colorado phone number, Lockhead Martin database.
This is certainly not a UK company.
I typed my barcode number (beginning 600) into Google and there were only four results (none on Yahoo or Bing) and it doesn’t seem to be a live telephone number. What’s going on?
There is one thing about the census that I like – this is only my third since I left home in 1985 and that makes me feel quite young.
I wonder if Leg-iron has completed his census. Last time I heard, he was having trouble deciding how many rooms he has:
Q9 Number of rooms. I can fit into the cupboard under the stairs so is that a room? How about the attic? I have a garage with no car so it’s just a room with a very big door. My lounge and dining room are continuous – is that one room or two? Built-in wardrobes could be considered a room within a room, as could a very large box. My garden has chairs and tables in it, does that count as a room? How about the shed and the greenhouse? There is an inner door inside the front door, does the space between them count as a separate room? Do hallways count? Since I am at a different level on every stair, does each stair count as a room or should I include the staircase as one room? I feel the urge to torment an official by telephone coming on.