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Hmm… next issue… how do we all feel about ID cards?

I know it’s an easy thing to oppose (who wants the number of the Beast on them?!), but, despite the official speechifying, does anyone have a cohesive argument for them?

3 Comments so far

  1. sean (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 7:50 am

    I’m safe, I think till 2015, however thats no argument either way. The costs alone of setting this up will be crippling and if personal experience of other similar Govt IT projects is anything to go by then this will overrun time and cost wise big time. If you’ve nothing to hide argument scares me. If I’ve nothing to hide, why in hell’s name does the Govt need to know?

    Lucky are those with other nationalities.

  2. Jared (unregistered) on March 31st, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    It can see how, with the Oyster card initiative (blogged about earlier), the Govt could be happy to be tracking every single financial transaction, travel mood, etc. that people do.

    But really, it’s like those naff security questions at the airport – do they really think that a dedicated criminal or terrorist won’t be able to get a fake ID? Or take a cab? Or say ‘no’ to ‘did you let your baggage out of your possession?’. How thick do we think they are?

  3. Thom (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    Those “did you let your baggage out of your possession?” questions are not to catch out terrorists; they are for passengers who may have let their luggage be tampered with.

    There are also many examples of naive travellers who’ve been persuaded to transport unknown ‘gifts’ for other people.

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