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  • Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Lords again vote against id card compulsion by the back door

    The Lords once again valiantly battled against the big brother state yesterday, defeating the proposals to introduce id card compulsion by the back door by 227 votes to 166, from today's Guardian:

    Parliament's two chambers now face an extended battle over ID card and terror bills as they attempt to hammer out their differences. Peers unexpectedly defeated the government last week by rejecting a new offence of glorifying terrorism. Yesterday's defeat was predicted, but was controversial because ministers had warned the Tories against breaking the Salisbury convention, under which opposition peers promise not to vote against manifesto commitments at second reading or to table wrecking amendments.

    However, Lord Phillips, a Lib Dem, quoted from the Labour Manifesto:

    "...the scheme would "[roll] out initially on a voluntary basis as people renew their passports".

    In essence, it is Labour who are breaking their manifesto commitments. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


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