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  • Monday, March 27, 2006

    Your identity as government property

    Henry Porter writes this interesting piece, over at Comment is Free:

    As things stand, Labour made a manifesto commitment to introduce the cards on a voluntary basis. Charles Clark went back on that promise by insisting that all those who apply for a new passport must submit 49 pieces of personal information to the national identity register. In practice, therefore, the scheme becomes compulsory for anyone wanting to apply for, or renew, a passport.

    Lord Armstrong's case is that this deception allows the Lords to ignore the Salisbury convention, which normally dictates that the Lords do not oppose the government on the second reading of a measure that was in its manifesto. In other words, the measures as presented last year at the election have changed radically because of this compulsion.

    Indeed, they have, this bunch of liars in charge promised a voluntary scheme, not a compulsory scam.

    See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts


    At 3/27/2006 09:01:00 pm, Blogger Yak40 said...

    Why is this gov so keen, almost obsessively so, on introducing the cards ? Control freaks ? Required by EU ?

    I don't buy the "identity theft" justification, we all know that proper looking fake cards will hit the streets quicker than the real ones let alone HMG's abysmal record in implementing big complex IT projects.

    At 3/28/2006 01:19:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    My bet is control freaks.

    Where I live I must carry a card at all times like a Frenchman in Nazi occupied France...

    At 3/28/2006 02:14:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Well, you're right on the poor record on it systems, we've certainly commented on that here before Yak. I would also go with control freakery.

    At 3/28/2006 03:17:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    BTW, I'm stoked to see our favourite right-leaning visitor again.

    At 3/28/2006 04:03:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Indeed, DJEB, Yak has been perhaps our best behaved right wing visitor, maybe since we started this blog back in November 2004.

    At 3/29/2006 06:04:00 am, Blogger Yak40 said...

    Well thanks guys.

    "Right leaning" ? Most lefties would say I toppled a long time ago but that doesn't mean one has to abandon good manners just because of differences in outlook.

    At 3/29/2006 04:27:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    That's what gives you class.


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