A boycott of the 2011 Census?

One of the emails received here after the blog post ‘The Rules of the Game Have Changed’ included this suggestion…

One peaceful way in which we could show our resistance to the way we are treated by the politicos is to refuse to co-operate with the 2011 Census.

Of course if only a handful of people fail to supply the required info, they will end up fined or imprisoned. But imagine the amount of egg on the faces of our self-appointed lords-and-masters if a million people refused to co-operate?

I discovered there’s already a small Facebook group dedicated to resistance to the 2011 Census. I’ve “Liked” it, and sent invitations to do the same to all my FB Friends.

There have been a number of excellent comments from readers in recent weeks and it would be good to hear what you think.  So, any thoughts on this idea would be very welcome.

13 Responses to “A boycott of the 2011 Census?”


  1. 1 Derek Reynolds 14/12/2010 at 8:26 pm

    I haven’t appeared on the last three, do you think it’s made a difference?

  2. 2 Andy Baxter 14/12/2010 at 10:51 pm

    Great idea

    But to work it needs millions of us to say ‘non’ and it then needs the oxygen of publicity both on the blogs, FB, Twitter and other social networking sites so that it goes viral, with the rationale behind it being objection to surrender of our soverignty to the EU…

    Only then will it then attract the atention of MSM and then the masses who care about Britain who then will have a hook and focus to exercise a meaningful protest

  3. 3 procrustes 15/12/2010 at 12:55 am

    Sod it. I’ll bite. (Head… meet noose. Fly, honeypot…)

    Just felt I had to say what a brilliant idea! No census without us!

    But, from the dearth of responses, I guess that such a proposal is likely to generate the same underwhelming response as Oooh Aaah (or should that be Ho Hum) Cantona’s recent suggestion (No, me neither, but I really, really thought about doing it. Honest…)

    P.S. So, DR! YOU’RE the reason we keep having to do these damned censuses…. ;0)

  4. 4 Terry Stokes 15/12/2010 at 5:36 pm

    It needs many “streets worth” of people to do this. I helped with the 2001 census. There were several properties where I was unable to contact anyone. After the 3rd attempt (I think), “heavy warnings” were pushed through letter boxes but to my knowledge the “Area Controller” never followed them up. Reason – no time!

    Certainly worth a try.

  5. 5 Derek Reynolds 15/12/2010 at 5:40 pm

    I think Cantona’s idea has merit. That it has not actually happened on the one day does not mean it cannot happen. I know several people who think it a good idea and are in the process of removing funds to another place.

  6. 6 Rustyred 08/03/2011 at 1:37 pm

    Perhaps we should all have a touch of amnesia and just fill in the form with don’t knows and cannot remember etc.,

    You are supposed to fill in the form to the best of your ability. Well the best of my ability means I cannot remember.

    Lets try and make sure it is the last one to invade our privicy.

  7. 7 Mr Meanie 10/03/2011 at 11:10 pm

    The law says it must be completed and returned. The figures can still be skewed to make it patently useless.

    Everyone works as a builder? Everyone with identical religion? Doesn’t take much really…

  8. 8 Pops 15/03/2011 at 4:46 pm

    See the below links – the census has been sold to a US weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin who will be carrying it out on our government’s behalf.

    http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2011/03/475304.html

    http://marymagdalen.blogspot.com/2011/03/boycotting-2011-census.html

    the decision by the government to award this contract to massive arms firms clearly shows, yet again, its willingness to support the arms trade with our tax revenue. This is because our government makes a lot of money from the arms trade (and countless other huge corporations). the US also doesn’t have the data protection act as it stands over here and thus the information you give to a U.S arms corporation (who, no matter how you wish you spin it, profit from the “legal” killings of people all over the planet) will likely be used and shared by them too.

    Over 1,500,000 people did not fill in the last census. Of those, 38 were prosecuted.

    The powers that be will only prosecute those who they have clear evidence against, such as confession under caution that you willfully and purposefully did not fill in the census.

    If you do not wish to fill it in, just post it off as is, without your page filled in. If anyone from the census comes to your house to ask about it (highly unlikely in this case, as the form will have been filled in with nothing clearly missing) you do not have to speak to them- other than a police officer with a warrant, you have no obligation to speak with anyone who comes to your door, particularly those who are requesting personal information. Ask for everything in writing- again they cannot prove you received this.

    If, in the unlikely event that you end up in the tiny minority of those arrested, a police”no comment” interview will provide no evidence to them- if there is no evidence against you, you cannot be prosecuted.

  9. 9 russ mason 17/03/2011 at 10:04 pm

    Good advice there from pops.

    I have already placed the census in the black bin bag ready for collection tomorrow.

    Whatever we do won’t get recognised by the BBC, they will hail it as being a massive success and how Lord Cameron of the banking brothers corporation is very grateful.

  10. 10 Albert 20/03/2011 at 5:17 pm

    If you feel that the wishes in the new English National Anthem “Jerusalem” have been realised:- violence, persecution and hatred being lavished on the native ethnic population by the new comers , then I suggest that in part 15 of the census you tick the box “ Other” and put “stateless”.

  11. 11 plugged 25/03/2011 at 10:25 am

    if they take me to court i’m stand my ground thay don’t have the right hold me count or nose round my neck i thought this was a free country to live in the right to choose!!

  12. 12 L'rr ruler of omicron persiei 8 28/03/2011 at 2:29 pm

    I haven’t filled in mine yet and dont plan to. If i really get the desire to fill it in (or get moaned at enough by the missus) im going to fill it in as if i was in the year 3000 in the world of Futurama.
    So, from now on i shall be known as L’rr Ruler of Omicron Persiei 8, Professional Blurnsball player, my hobbies include watching hypnotoad, ultimate robot fighting league and enjoy walks in the Mars Rainforests. I beleive in the robot devil.

    The ‘Legal’ requirement is to fill it in to the ‘best of your knowledge and belief’….. well im going to use the best of my best knowlede of futurama which i beleive is one of my favourite programmes.

    L’rr Ruler of Omicron Persiei 8 (previously known as Tom)

  13. 13 Ian McFerran 07/04/2011 at 5:51 pm

    On 6th April, it was announced (http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=156890402) that some 7 MILLION people are currently refusing to comply full stop. Add to that number, all of the forms that were returned after being shredded or spat on (or worse) or simply left blank or filled in with misleading rubbish and that figure goes to well over 10 MILLION! A lot of people also didn’t even open them but returned them with “No Contract” written on the front. WELL DONE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN FOR STANDING UP AGAINST LOCKHEED MARTIN AND THE FILTH THAT THEY PERPETUATE AROUND THE WORLD!


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