3.4 million people in the UK hardly used any cash at all in the last year and debit card payments have overtaken cash use for the first time, according to banking trade body UK Finance. 13.2 billion debit card payments were made in 2017, a very sharp rise of 14% on the previous year. The research shows that the use of notes and coins dropped by 15% overall. Purchases are increasingly being made using contactless technology, you know where you hold your card near the machine without having to input your pin? Wait for it... the frequency of contactless payments almost doubled in a year to 5.6 billion payments last year. Incredibly, the majority of those aged between 25 and 34 never use cash at all and are very unlikely to have cash on them.

Cash is on the way out in the UK with advances in technology expediting its disappearance. Adam Herson, a director at Barclaycard Mobile Payments told the BBC: "More recently, we have seen a surge in the use of wearable and mobile payments, creating new, exciting opportunities for both shoppers and brands. Consumers are increasingly able to match their payment accessory or device to their lifestyle or fashion taste. We expect this increase in popularity to continue for the foreseeable future," he said. New and exciting yes, but for who eh? I would suggest it's very exciting for those behind the totalitarian Orwellian agenda that is now unfolding in front of our eyes at the speed of light. 

Writing in The Guardian last September Brett Scott observed: "In granting financial corporations complete control over the money system, our every economic interaction ends up logged in their databases for analysis. People don’t “want” cashlessness any more than they “want” a society where you’re allowed to use cars only. And once people glimpse the dark side of bank digital payments – with surveillance, massive increase in financial cybercrime, and exclusion of people who cannot access the formal banking system – they will probably want cash to remain. Engineering public consent for cashlessness is a subtle process. People may indeed enjoy a new payments app or contactless card, but financial institutions then use that to justify the gradual removal of the cash infrastructure – such as ATMS – in order to deliberately make cash harder to use. This feeds back, making digital seem relatively more convenient, “inspiring” more people to choose it."

When cash is gone and the only option is electronic payment, you will see large scale economic censorship of those deemed a threat to the system. That is a given. How easy it will be to simply switch off those who plan a mass protest, or who want to travel down the country to prevent some poor sod being wrongly evicted from his home. Click. Gone. Can't travel, can't pay for food. It's as easy as pushing a button. Remember, today it is contactless, simply tapping your card on the reader, soon that'll be obsolete and it'll be your smart phone being read. Soon after that, it'll be a microchip under the skin and retina scans for payment. Don't laugh, Wisconsin workers readily agreed to have chips planted in them to access a vending machine last year. The cashless society agenda is not about convenience, it is about total control over you and the elimination of your right to privacy, to self-determination and to move about freely. It's truly Orwellian and is happening right now. Wake up to it.

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Richie is the host of The Richie Allen Show and has enjoyed a long, and varied, broadcasting career.