There is not much that can be added to the sentiments expressed by Longrider and D-Notice, regarding the plight of Simon Davies and academic freedom, in the face of the Government's ID Cards spin onslaught, as described in the Sunday Times
Partly in order to clear the decks, in case of his taking legal action against the NuLabour Government Ministers who have been briefing against him personally, Simon Davies is now no longer Chair of the Advisory Board to the cross party NO2ID Campaign which has been rallying the opposition to the Identity Cards Bill, upon which MPs will be voting later today.
The London School of Economics Identity Project report did not examine any of the civil liberties and privacy issues, upon which Simon Davies is so well qualified to comment on, It presented an analysis of the UK Government's scheme, as best as could be understood from the paltry public information which the Home Office had released in dribs and drabs , and examined various low, medium and high estimates for costs, legal issues, and international comparisons, as well as an alternative ID Card scheme proposal which could have been cheaper and more secure than the Home Office scheme.
Will we see more of the media spin from the Government before this evening's votes on the Consideration of the Lords Amendments to the Identity Cards Bill 2005 ? Given Chancellor Gordon Brown's imminent, heavily leaked speech, to the Royal United Services Institute today, and his confused interview on Sunday AM, we suspect that there may well be, along the lines of the Andy Burnham briefing letter to Labour MPs.