You couldn't make it up could you? But it's true, because Police 'safety' and council surveillance cameras have been so successful in collecting money that there are plans to roll-out a new type of surveillance strategy. But this time the cameras will have their lenses trained on the people who already snoop on us, and the snoopers will become the snooped-on themselves.
Sir Roland Gilbert, the government's head of poking its nose in told us:
"CCTV and surveillance cameras have been a winner and at least one life has possibly been saved maybe as a result of their deployment. And of course as a side-issue we've made a packet; but not that that's what it's about. It's safety, safety and safety! That's what's driving this initiative forward. However it's vitally important that snoopers are subject to checks and balances themselves. I for one would sleep a lot easier in my bed at night if I knew that these people have to keep their own noses clean."
Civil Liberties groups are said to be up in arms about the plans and say that the new cameras will bring a whole raft of problems along with their introduction. A spokesman told reporters that it's currently estimated half of Britain's working population is now employed monitoring the remainder of the population with all existing cameras, and that the introduction of the new wave of devices will simply overload the system.
He went on to suggest that the new plans will lead to increased depression and stress related illness, as operators swamp the health service when the pressure of it all becomes too much for an average snoop or busybody.
And the CBI, adding its weight to the debate, sounds a warning note by predicting that by 2025 no actual work or indeed anything of a productive nature will happen within the UK economy, and that the entire working population will spend all day in front of TV monitors watching other people watching TV monitors. The country's money system will be kept buoyant simply by issuing fines and legal proceedings as necessary.
The last word on this goes to Sir Roland Gilbert. "We are the envy of the world with our camera network. It's well documented that we are the most photographed and filmed nation on earth. Well with the introduction of these news cameras - you ain't seen nothing yet!"