On the cards
The ID card bill is being resurrected.
The more that the implications of it are thought through the more insidious it becomes. Not content with imposing a totalitarian system it became apparent that we would be charged for the privilege.
Original estimates of c.Â£90 for a card have now been ‘adjusted’ to around Â£300. Nice.
The upper estimate for the cost of implementing the scheme, [not maintaining it ever after - which will be more], has a figure of Â£18 billion on it. Think of the number of specialist anti-terrorist, anti-immigration fraud and anti-identity theft police that could be trained and paid for with this sum – wouldn’t that be a more effective use of that money if combatting those problems is the real reason for the identity card scheme?
The thing is, I don’t think it’s the real reason for the scheme. It’s a massive data collection exercise which will, no doubt, lead to all sorts of wonderful ‘new applications’ once the nightmarish database has been set up. Furthermore it now seems that the US wants to have access to UK ID card data. Fancy having all your biometric and personal data shipped off to the US for analysis and profiling? Nicer.
The planned technology has so far been unreliable in up to 30% of people tested. This is on a small control group. There are around 60 million people in the UK so it doesn’t take much imagination to realise that the potential for error with this scheme is enormous.
Like I said before, I definitely, 100% don’t want it and what it represents.
If you feel the same why not tell your MP where you would like the ID card scheme to go – send a fax now.