Wednesday, 1 July 2009

ID cards on the way out?

Some people seem quite excited about Labour's back down over ID cards...
Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, has announced the death of compulsory ID cards in a significant Government climbdown over the controversial scheme.

He said the cards will now only be issued to Britons on a voluntary basis meaning no one will ever be forced to have one, effectively paving the way for the scheme to be scrapped altogether.

However I'm not convinced. This isn't really the "death" of ID cards at all. They're not being scrapped just made 'voluntary'...

And as we all know, something doesn't have to be declared compulsory to be made compulsory.

All the government would have to do is force banks to demand them when people set up a new account -- and what do you know.

Let's be quite clear, we should not be content until ID cards have been scrapped completely.


IanPJ said...

It should be remembered that ID cards are only the front end, a bit of plastic.

We must continue campaigning until the National Identity Register (NIR), that collection of databases is abolished and destroyed.

There was an excellent piece by Guy Herbert in yesterday's Guardian that sums up the full extend of the dangers.

Anonymous said...

Totalitarianism by stealth, the fight goes on