A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 24, 2021
“One Nation Under CCTV”

"I pledge allegiance to the ASBO, the Identity Card and Giro. And the country for which it stands, One nation, under CCTV, With violence and bingeing for all,” a proposed pledge of allegiance by Ben Cooper, was printed in The Times (London, UK) on March 12, 2008.

“One Nation Under CCTV,” a mural by graffiti artist Banksy, appeared on Newman Street in London on April 14, 2008. The Westminster City Council did not approve of the work, and it was painted over.

Banksy’s “One Nation Under CCTV” has been used to describe a surveillance state.


Wikipedia: Closed-circuit television
Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It differs from broadcast television in that the signal is not openly transmitted, though it may employ point-to-point (P2P), point-to-multipoint (P2MP), or mesh wired or wireless links. Though almost all video cameras fit this definition, the term is most often applied to those used for surveillance in areas that require additional security or ongoing monitoring. Though videotelephony is seldom called “CCTV” one exception is the use of video in distance education, where it is an important tool.

Wikipedia: One Nation Under CCTV
One Nation Under CCTV was a 2007 mural by graffiti artist Banksy on Newman Street in London. Painted on the wall of a building used by the Royal Mail, it depicts a child in a red hooded top painting the phrase, while being watched by a police officer and a dog. The mural was situated adjacent to a CCTV camera.

12 March 2008, The Times (London, UK), “The best of British: pledges,discounts, loans and pride” by Richard FOrd, pg. 6:
THE ONLINE VERSION
Proposals from Times Online readers yesterday:

I pledge allegiance to the ASBO, the Identity Card and Giro.
And the country for which it stands, One nation, under CCTV, With violence and bingeing for all.

Ben Cooper

14 April 2008, AAP Finance News Wire (Sydney, Australia), “UK: Banksy at it again: report”:
LONDON, April 14 AAP - Secretive graffiti artist Banksy is believed to have created his biggest work yet, under the not-so-watchful eye of security cameras in central London.

An audacious comment on big brother society, depicting a small boy painting the words: “One nation under CCTV” while being watched by a security guard, appeared on a building overlooking a post office yard near Oxford Circus.

The artist put up three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence, despite being watched by a CCTV (closed circuit television) camera, London’s Evening Standard newspaper reported.

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Monday, April 14, 2008
Banksy - One Nation Under CCTV
Banksy’s latest piece and possibly largest has appeared in Central London over the weekend just Off Oxford Street.

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Sam Bloor
@sambbloor
Banksy - One Nation Under CCTV http://tinyurl.com/67k22r
5:16 AM · Apr 14, 2008·Twitter Web Client

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Boing Boing
@BoingBoing
ONE NATION UNDER CCTV graffito in London http://tinyurl.com/69cwod
9:56 AM · Apr 14, 2008·Twitter Web Client

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Reddit
@reddit
“One nation under CCTV” ~ 30 foot Banksy art next to surveillance cameras:
[link]
[comments] http://tinyurl.com/3mtog2
1:39 PM · Apr 14, 2008·Twitter Web Client

24 October 2008, AAP Finance News Wire (Sydney, Australia), “UK: Banksy’s work graffiti and will be painted over: council”:
LONDON, Oct 24 AAP - London’s Westminster Council says a work by underground artist Banksy is graffiti and will be painted over.

The 7-metre tall work, painted in giant white letters on a concrete wall in April, was intended as a criticism of Britain’s Big Brother culture and specifically the prevalence of CCTV cameras.

“One Nation Under CCTV”, it screams, from a wall on which a CCTV camera is also mounted.

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CRIS X
@CrisXmusic
Artist Banksy’s 23ft Westminster mural entitled ‘one nation under CCTV’ is being covered over by Westminster council who say it’s Graffiti !
7:34 AM · Mar 8, 2009·Twitter Web Client

7 July 2009, London (UK) Evening Standard, “Who removed our Banksy?: Londoner’s Diary,” pg. 14:
“It wasn’t the council that took it off,” a press officer for Westminster Council claims. “It was Royal Mail who was responsible. A planning decision was made by a committee, who agreed that it should be removed.”

But a spokesman for Royal Mail informs me: “We had to remove or cover up the mural in March this year by order of the council. However, we have covered it in such a way as to preserve it.”

Twitter
StudioDonshades
@StudioDonshades
There is a building site where the old post office used to be where they painted over the #Banksy many years ago. The art still exists in my head. One Nation Under CCTV
3:23 PM · Dec 23, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

6 April 2020, BreakingNews.ie (Cork, Ireland), “As Banksy reveals new artwork, here are 7 of his greatest works”:
6. One Nation Under CCTV, 2007
Situated adjacent to a CCTV camera, Banksy’s statement on government surveillance cleverly depicts a child in a red hooded top painting the phrase, while being watched by a police officer and a dog. The 7-metre tall work is one of the artist’s largest.

Posted by Barry Popik
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