Geraint Bevan writes in the letters column of the Glasgow Herald:
Such candour from a Home Office minister makes a refreshing change from the usual spin and deception. Perhaps in this apparent new spirit of openness and transparency, the government will be prepared to engage in a rational debate about where its transformational government agenda is taking our society.
Do we wish to live in a country where citizens are controlled by the state; a database state in which the intimate details of our lives are recorded by bureaucrats for administrative convenience?
Under Soviet rule, an internal passport (propiska), officially a record of a person’s address, was required when applying for jobs, for a place in higher education or for obtaining medical treatment.
Without judicial oversight, officials were able to withdraw a propiska from anyone whose activities were deemed anti-Soviet. The similarities to the UK’s proposed National Identity Scheme are, frankly, disturbing. The Prime Minister speaks eloquently of liberty and British values. Following a path that was widely condemned in the free world during the cold war is a strange way of promoting the values of which he professes himself to be so proud.
There is still a little time left to do something about it, take a look at http://LPUK.ORG, the Libertarian Party of the United Kingdom.
Paul Routledge writes in the Daily Mirror:
If they don’t get fingerprinted and iris-scanned they’ll be fined £250, rising to £1,000 for further offences. Expulsion from the UK is the next level of punishment.
This regime will eventually apply to all of us, not just foreigners.
Despite ministerial denials, we will face fines and jail if we don’t walk the streets with a Gestapo-style internal passport.
The Home Office is already working on plans for “coercion” to bully us into carrying one of their fancy new ID cards.
Shami Chakrabarti, head of rights group Liberty, accuses the government of using foreigners as “ID card guinea pigs”. She adds: “Anyone who thinks this will be limited to foreign nationals should think again.” She’s right. They are a test bed for the ID repression of everybody.
You have been warned.
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