posted on May, 25 2005 @ 09:51 AM
The British government today launched a second attempt at getting compulsory biometric I.D cards passed into law. The previous attempt failed due to
rebel Labour MPs and a defiant House of Lords. This latest push comes amidst plans to charge people extra for the I.D cards when applying for, or
renewing, your passport.
A second attempt to introduce compulsory identity cards is being launched by the Government.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke will underpin his hopes to gain support for ID cards with the results of a trial which saw 10,000 volunteers
fingerprinted and photographed.
The Identity Cards Bill failed to become law at the end of last parliament following a marathon stand-off between MPs and the Lords after Labour
rebels scuppered Government plans.
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If Blair couldnt get this piece of trash legislation through the House of Lords, or even Commons, with his previous majority I think he has
absolutely no chance with a 50% reduction to his majority now. Charles Clarke can bang on as much as he likes to try and pursuade people that this is
warranted but his argument is flawed.
Even the limp-wristed Tories dont see any need for compulsory I.D cards. What hope does Clarke and Blair have of convincing Liberal Democrats who now
have 66 seats?
Having compulsory I.D cards will not prevent terrorists in the slightest. Unless our freedom of movement is restricted and checked to such an extent
that not having a correct I.D card will prevent you from accessing such places where a terrorist would want to strike. Which equates to any where.
Much like Control Orders dont prevent terrorists from attacking this country unless you are willing to keep a person under house arrest for life. They
have no evidence put forth against them so they cannot clear their name and if they are ever released and were terrorists they would simply carry out
their attacks regardless.
Both legislation is wide open for abuse by our politicians. These guys are meant to work for us remember. They arent meant to have the power to lock
us up or restrict our freedom of movement.
Down with this bill and down with Tony Blair.