The controversial Identity Cards Bill is due to get its First Reading this Monday 29th November 2004:
"+ 1 IDENTITY CARDS
Mr Secretary Blunkett
Bill to make provision for a national scheme of registration of individuals and for the issue of cards capable of being used for identifying registered individuals; to make it an offence for a person to be in possession or control of an identity document to which he is not entitled, or of apparatus, articles or materials for making false identity documents; to amend the Consular Fees Act 1980; to make provision facilitating the verification of information provided with an application for a passport; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision."
Learn more about the growing opposition to the Government's plans for this hugely expensive, privacy destroyong, compulsory centralised biometric database poll tax, which will not keep us safe from terrorists or criminals or illegal workers etc. at the
NO2ID Public Meeting Brixton
Tuesday 30 November 2004,
7pm at The Brix,
St Matthews Church,
London SW2 1JF
NO2ID have succeeded in alerting the media , and even some politicians, to just how controversial the Government's plans for ancompulsory biometric register database of unprecedented cost, complexity and potential for privacy and human rights abuse.
The opposition to this scheme is growing, as even people who do not object to voluntary ID cards in form, are astonished at the looming IT project disaster that the Government seems intent on inflicting on us, with thousands of people signing the NO2ID online petition (still open for more signatures, even though the first tranche has been submitted to the Cabiinet Office)
ID Cards are the most prominent of various hoped for, but not actually yet achievable, "technological magic fixes" to social problems, in areas of policy where the New Labour Government are trying to appear to be "tougher" than their Tory and Liberal Democrat political rivals, ahead of the forthcoming General Election.