ID Cards and a Climate of Fear

Charles Kennedy has spoken about a Climate of Fear and has "accused ministers of changing their justification for identity cards day by day - in much the same way as they had done over the Iraq war." A BBC reporter comments on ID cards by saying "but as it turned out, the photo booth we passed on the way would have provided a more invasive exercise"

He missed one of his own points as he finishes with a member of staff jokes: "We'll be tracking you.". Why is this desirable?

Blunkett has said that The majority of people are happy to carry them. (This may be true, but Big Brother got good ratings too, what does that prove? Possibly that people sometimes lack good judgement?)

What he has not made clear is "why carrying one is of positive benefit to me, the individual". I.e. why should I have to pay nearly 40 quid for a document that I've never needed up until now?

Despite MPs saying plans should 'go ahead', they do say that the plans are poorly thought out (the reasons too?)

My experience is that most people will go along like sheep with any semblance of authority. I was in a local shop a few years ago, and was asked to put my thumbprint on the till receipt for 'security' - I refused point blank (and got served) but everyone else in the queue had their fingerprints taken, in some instances to buy a newspaper! I haven't been back since.

There has been comment at the BBC website, the most common comment that people make to support ID cards, though one man, a Richard P, quoting The Prisoner, said it best: "I am not a number, I am a free man! I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own...".

The argument about 'nothing to hide' is getting thin though: "I'm an honest person who doesn't plan to commit crimes, so I have nothing to fear from an identity card." If you're an honest person with nothing to hide, why should you be subject to scanning by a tinpot jobsworth? Why don't you have a webcam in your living room? Why don't you use seethrough envelopes?

We had ID cards before, but scrapped them "because so many people resented being asked to produce a card to prove their identity.".

Liberty has a sizable resource on ID cards.

There is a sensible piece at Vnunet. I disagree with the premise that "a single authentication system would be fantastic for everyone - trade, culture, online government" as the idea of consolidating lots of bits of ID in one is asking for trouble if the system is hacked. Despite this, the piece is well reasoned, and does suggest that the current rationale is flawed.

The starting point is definitely correct: "The argument they will prevent terrorism is blatantly nonsense. The attacks of 11 September 2001 were a failure of intelligence, not a failure of identity. And the Madrid bombers were fully paid-up members of the Spanish citizenry, complete with ID cards."

I have at times heard people say that by cutting fraud it would save us money? In this case why is there a 3 billion pound price tag? As far as I know, the Labour party and the Conservatives both support ID cards, the Lib Dems do not

Is this the slippery slope? Is the next step micropchipping like we have for our lost pets? Far fetched? It's happening now for a nightclub. Yes, this is voluntary, but the technology exists today. With this tech you could be tracked without your knowledge.