Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Will *anyone* back ID cards?

Quick catch-up from last year - amongst the increasingly cautious over ID Cards are the
SNP and the
Citizens Advice Bureau. Both warn against trusting the government about their promises of what the scheme can deliver. I don't know - all this worry, yet still the bill went through all so easily... Politicians, eh?

The BBC are also having a field day as truckloads of documents get revealed under Freedom of Information. Apparently Labour dismissed ID cards in 1974, it turns out. Why? Despite a threat of terrorism from the IRA, they were deemed to be "extremely expensive and largely ineffective", as well as entertaining "the danger of being driven to more and more extreme measures involving unwarranted infringement of personal liberty."

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

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