The Labour Party Manifesto does mention ID Cards and Biometrics "like fingerprints" and a National Register as vague election promises, without being too specific.
However, the spin continues, for example from John Reid, the Health Minister, who, speaking on ITV's "The Boulton Report" said:
"Well, we've said that we wan, we recognise that when you're combatting terrorism, you have to balance the freedoms you want to protect, with those who use those freedoms to undermine them.
So we've said that we will take this in gradually, look at it as we go along, on the financial side, er, on the administrative side, and on the civil liberties side.
However, be in no doubt, that we are, er,eh, determined to bring in ID cards.
It is a necessary part of combatting terrorism"
Even the disgraced ex-Home Secretary David Blunkett admitted that ID cards were of no use in combatting terrorism, so why has this spin been allowed to pollute the airwaves again ?
Aa ID Card system, even a Biometric one with a centralised database as proposed uunder the wretched Identity Cards Bill, would not have hindered the activities of Kamel Bourgass, who was a failed Asylum Seeker, who had not been deported from the country more than 2 years after his claim had been rejected.
It seems that none of the alleged false or multiple passports that he and the people arrested witth him had in their possession were false British Passports, so, again, even a perfect United Kingdom ID card system would not have hindered this terrorist in that respect either.
Labour Party General Election Manifesto
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Strong and secure borders
While the Tories would halve investment in our immigration services, we would invest in the latest technology to keep our borders strong and secure.
By 2008, those needing a visa to enter the UK will be fingerprinted.We will issue ID cards to all visitors planning to stay for more than three months. Over the next five years we will implement a new electronic borders system that will track visitors entering or leaving the UK
Across the world there is a drive to increase the security of identity documents and we cannot be left behind. From next year we are introducing biometric ‘ePassports’. It makes sense to provide citizens with an equally secure identity card to protect them at home from identity theft and clamp down on illegal working and fraudulent use of public services.We will introduce ID cards, including biometric data like fingerprints, backed up by a national register and rolling out initially on a voluntary basis as people renew their passports.
And to reduce threats from overseas: secure borders
backed up by ID cards and a crackdown on abuse of our immigration system
‘We will introduce ID
cards, including biometric
data like fingerprints,
backed up by a national
register and rolling out
initially on a voluntary
basis as people renew