I am a member of the Open Rights Group. I make monthly donations and attend their conferences. I petition and write to MPs and MEPs and nothing works. I don't even get replies.
Which is why I am now considering moving out of the country. I'm currently weighing up my options.
There is very little about Britain, its politics and the majority of the voterbase that I have anything in common with, apart from being born on the same patch of dirt.
I don't really know much about the process of moving there to be honest.
I'll have to read into it.
Finland, Switzerland, Czech Republic or South American countries (Costa Rica, Panama, etc) are the countries I have in mind. I'd gladly move to Switzerland but it costs too much. Romania appears tech friendly but it's too poor there. South America is nice but it's too far away from the UK, so going to my family for Christmas would be a problem.
But I'm also on the "get out soon" train.
Some of these countries are worse than others when it comes to similar surveillance or civil liberties issues but they all at least appear to be very much preferable to Britain and the path it is on.
The language barrier in issue in some of these places more than others, although I am open to learning a new language. I began taking German lessons recently just for fun.
The actual process of gaining citizenship or even residency can be difficult too, especially for somewhere like Iceland from what I have learned.
It's obviously a massive decision to make and not one that can be made quickly and rashly.
I just can't see myself wanting to stay here in the UK much longer. I don't feel any kinship with this place.
I think that I would have some problems socially though. Naviagting my way around the country, buying goods and just trying to talk to people would pose more of a problem.
The Open Rights Group are more or less the UK equivelant to the EFF.