The Daily Telegraph has an article where Charles Clarke comes up with Yet Another Reason for Identity Cards (is this the real one ?) - to allow the "relaxation" of border controls so that the UK can join the European Union Schengen Information System, which the UK is not formally part of.
"Speaking after attending his first formal meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers, Mr Clarke said a successful ID card system could change British opposition to Schengen, paving the way for border posts to be swept away.
The introduction of ID cards could change the situation "15, 20, 25, 30 years down the line," Mr Clarke said. "You would have to have an ID card system that works well."
The Home Office has not yet managed to convince us that they can secure their proposed National Identity Register for 60 million people in the UK. How can they possibly make the Schengen Information System II secure for 25 European Union countries with a population of 450 million people ?