Will the House of Lords vote down the Identity Cards Bill on its Second Reading this afternnoon, or will they nod it through to the Committee stage ?
Will this Bill be smuggled through , without being properly debated in the end of Parliament political horsetrading and back room dealing, during the undemocratic so called "wash up" process ?
If you want to read an interim detailed academic study of the Bill, the London School of Economics has published: The Identity Project: an assessment of the UK Identity Cards Bill and its implications (.pdf)
This serious report demolishes most of the assumptions upon which the Bill is allegedly based.
Particularly interesting is the demolition of the "need" for Biometric Identifiers in order to meet international passport standards.
Despite this, the interom report slightly glosses over a few of the details which we have been harping on about
e.g.Identity Cards Bill - 184 tabled Amendments - but nothing about Section 31 "10 years in prison for going on strike or making an IT mistake near the National Identity Register" or the oft repeated Government claim that "up to 35% of terrorists/organised criminals use false/multiple/forged identities" (British false identities ?) etc.
Will their noble Lordships take this report, and all the other principled and practical objections into account, (e.g. the NO2ID Campaign) in a way which the House of Commons collectively refused to do, and vote against this Bill ?