This is the biggest potential threat to our civil liberties in the Uk since the war.
These cards are completely unable to do the job they are touted to do by the government.
1. ID cards do not stop terrorism...e.g Madrid bombings
2. ID cards do not stop ID theft, infact it is easier if everything a criminal needs is on one database...loverly.
3. Biometrics are unreliable, and inaccurate e.g. a manual worker's fingerprints may become roughened and blurred, brown eyes have more problems getting accurate retina scans, facial recognition software struggles with identifying black people.
4. The 'volunatary' nature of ID cards is bullshit. If, they are linked to passport renewals, then, no ID card, no passport....you stay here. If linked to driving licences, (as suggested) then no ID card, no driving licence...you take the bus.
.....I knew that for the bill to be defeated, 30 Labour MP's had to rebel, more than last time....
Even without Tony, (Gordon had it covered) the hype has been so good, it was inevitable...