posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 10:23 AM
Originally posted by Essan
[Why is it they want to introduce these silly cards again? Other than as another waste of money....?
- There's an honest disagreement about the usefulness or otherwise of ID cards (compulsory or otherwise).
That's fair enough and I completely accept that there are two sides to that debate (although trying to get people on the 'anti' side to accept that
those in support of this might have a few good points on their side and aren't all just for enslaving the populace is a rarity).
There are perfectly sound reasons why ID cards might assist us in a variety of ways.
The key word there is 'assist'.
They are no panacea but they may well help, a lot.
Try experiencing your ID being stolen and experience the nightmare of around a year trying to recover to where you were before it happened (as has
happened to, now 2, people I know).
There are sound arguments for believing they would help counter crime and terrorism (even the 'activity trails' laid from the use of faked ones
would be useful in that regard).
In purely personal terms alone a 'biometric' system would be something I would be glad to have - and if it acted as a replacement for my passport
and driving licence and NHS card etc etc it could be so much more convenient to me.
In fact as private business and the financial world worry more and more about fraud I think the demand for these is going to come in that direction to
begin with; I can see a day where bank accounts, loans or mortgages won't be obtainable unless you can prove your identity with a biometric card.
But what I can't just go along with in all of this is the underlying implication in this argument from some that ID cards (whether compulsory or not)
are, in and of themselves, somehow anti-democratic or fascistic.
It might not be the 'British tradition' (but even then they are not entirely unknown to us as a nation) but IMO it is perfectly possible to have a
free and democratic society with an ID card system in place.
[edit on 20-3-2006 by sminkeypinkey]