This will no doubt be an interesting and informative event, but it is not a substitute for a full and detailed public debate, which so far, the Home Office have refused to participate in, citing spurious commercial confidentiality, and hiring spin doctors and Parliamentary lobbyists with public money to sell the scheme, even before it has been approved by Parliament. If the scheme is so brilliant and popular, why does it need to be "sold" so hard, whilst the details are kept secret ?
If you can afford entrance fee of over £100, you will be able to hear a keynote speech by the Home Secretary David Blunkett
along with other speakers such as Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner
If you cannot afford this fee, or you are not allowed in to this meeting, you can get a free briefing on the Government's controversial ID Card and Compulsory Centralised Biometric Database plans
from the peaceful demonstrators outside, who will be there in support of the cross party umbrella group which is coordinating opposition to the ID Card Bill plans NO2ID
David Blunkett who will probably arrive in Carlton House Terrace, around 9.30a. and NO2ID are calling for volunteers who would like to show the politicans, civil servants and the media that there is growing opposition to the Government's particularly intrusive ID database plans, which look to be yet another Government IT disaster, on a massive scale.
There is still time to sign the NO2ID online petition,, which under Cabinet Office rules, must get an official response, which is so lacking from the Home Office so far.