Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The great ID card scam

If ever there was a reason to be cheerful about recession forcing that nice Mr Brown to cut millions from public services to fund massive handouts to the bankers that got us into this mess in the first place, its that he'll have to abandon the ludicrous, scary and expensive plan to make us all carry ID-cards.

It's not just that ID-cards would have cost millions, or that they were part of a calculated plan to make us all a little more scared of terrorism than we really should be (in the hope that we'll all roll over and just accept future erosions of our human rights).

No, it's scary: ID-cards will provide the state with a biological record of everyone living in the UK (according to campaign group No2ID about 50 different pieces of data per person will be recorded in a national database), making future discrimination - based on just about anything - a little easier: just ask the Tutsi of Rwanda, a million of who were genocidally murdered after their ethnicity was apparently recorded on state ID-cards.

And it wouldn't even work anyway. It took a hacker working for the Daily Mail barely a quarter of an hour to crack the supposedly uncrackable system: to clone a card and programme it with false data.

But the scheme's likely price tag of £200 per person would have meant bumper profits for some of the Government's preferred contractors - a direct transfer of cash from the taxpayer to Peter Mandelson's friends in the security industry.

Let's hope some of the savings find their way into publicly-owned schools and hospitals.


  1. People might take you more seriously if you bothered to look at the facts of what is proposed, rather than just what a campaign group opposed to ID cards tells you is true, before making such ridiculous connections as the one between ID cards and the Rawandan genocide.