Thursday, 6 March 2008


The UK Home Secretary is moving towards imposing ID cards on us again. First to be issued cards will be foreign nationals and – wait for it – airport staff. Notice the crafty way they will be bringing them in bit by bit?
And in no time at all, they’ll be telling us how ‘successful’ and ‘useful’ they are. But to whom? Certainly not to those fighting terrorism (homegrown terrorists will have them, too), or to fight ID fraud (it’s always a battle – the fraudster is soon one step ahead).
But it is useful to the government to keep any eye on us. Of course, they will say they will not be used in any malign way. But the point is, they COULD be. And when ‘could be’ appears in law, it is a bad law.
Eventually, it becomes ‘will be’.

© Anthony North, March 2008


SandyCarlson said...

We have ID cards here that are meant to help illegal immigrants secure the benefits of citizenship. No sooner did New Haven, CT, start issuing these things to illegals than the feds swooped down on loads of them. There's so much darn info available to the gov't as it is, what does yet another form do for them? Seems to be another "let's look like we're doing something" gesture.

anthonynorth said...

Hi Sandy,
I think it goes much further in the UK. We're already the CCTV capital of the world. They're talking of charging for road use by tracking every car. The police want a DNA database with everyone on it.
Add enforced ID cards to the list and it's beginning to look like technology is allowing too much control.
Reminds me of Orwell's 1984, and all that. Big Brown is certainly trying to watch us.

WriterKat said...

so true how easily - could - becomes - will -.

anthonynorth said...

Hi Writerkat,
With politics the way it is at the moment, I think it's a certainty.

Just Jen said...

I don't like them for that reason either

anthonynorth said...

Hi Just Jen,
I sometimes think western legislators have forgotten why they're there.