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Do you want a universal ID card? Well, it would be handy when you apply for a new bank account. It saves on the paperwork when you arrive at a new job. You don't mind that you have to show it to get benefits, buy a train ticket, prove your ID when you buy a newspaper. The iris scan isn't intrusive and it's completely reliable. You trust the government with the audit trail of where you go, what you buy, who you phone, the Web pages you visit... no, me either. Especially not as they don't always seem to count too well.

The guys over at Stand noticed that Lord Falconer says they've had a massively positive response to the Government's proposals for Entitlement Cards (yet another government proposal on ID cards, yet another government plan to commission a huge computer system, to be paid for by putting up the cost of driving licenses and passports by £10-£20) so they've put together an easy way to find out what the proposals propose and have your say.

There are 2,000+ government Web sites. It's easy to fax your MP with Stand. Many consultations have email addresses so you can easily put your views. If we get the government we deserve, make sure you're deserving a better, more accountable bunch by telling them your views. Pro or anti, sure or confused: democracy needs us to speak up. You have until the end of the month on this proposal, so do it today.


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13th Jan, 2003 05:48 (UTC)
I don't see what all the fuss is about, me
But Mary, there's no reason for you to worry. After all, innocent citizens will have nothing to hide, and hence shouldn't worry about the scheme, which is mostly aimed at those nasty foreigners who come over here to steal our jobs and use our globally-envied public services.

And besides, if the Government is using this scheme to keep an eye on potential subversives, aren't you just running the risk of being labelled a troublemaker?
13th Jan, 2003 05:51 (UTC)
Re: I don't see what all the fuss is about, me
Bother. I accidentally elided the bit about "and don't you think your neighbours at [address deleted] would be justifiably worried to know that they had such a wrong-thinking person living in their very community".

And I completely forgot to mention "The Chilllldrrrun!"
19th Jan, 2003 12:39 (UTC)
- and the lovely thing is that it won't be compulsory to have one.

Of course you won't be able to function in society without one, and non-possession will be a criminal offence.

I'm taking this proposal with a pinch of salt - it was beaten off when it came around after 911, and will be again. What frightens me is the fact my freedom could be significantly compromised in an act sneaked in as a trojan dressed up in the clothes of Al-Qu'ada.

19th Jan, 2003 15:03 (UTC)
take it with the condiment of your choice, but remember to fill in your comments in the consultation if you're a UK citizen ;-)
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