No time to blog fully, but I would like to point your attention towards this excellent comment piece in last weekend’s Observer.
The reasoning behind ID cards shifts and changes at every opportunity. No sooner is one defence knocked down, the government returns with another equally ludicrous piece of reasoning. Now it seems that the ‘voluntary scheme’ actually means: if you want a passport, you must apply for an ID card. Brilliant.
Treating everyone like a suspected terrorist is no way to catch the real ones; people who have nothing to hide still have everything to fear from sinister government moves like this. Being complacent and naive doesn’t change the fact that programmes like this will affect everybody’s life.