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