The Identity Cards Bill was not the only bit of Parliamentary ping pong today.
The controversial Terrorism Bill 2005 has also now been voted back to the Lords, for the second time , by the Commons
Ayes: 296 Noes: 237
This vote reintroduces the unfair and vague "glorification of terrorism" prower which would be certain to create misacarriages of justice and, fear of which will have a chilling effect on some free speech, all for no actual effect on real terrorists.
Incredibly, referring to the recent protests and alleged incitements to violence outside of the Danish Embassy in London, regarding the cartoons supposedly depicting Mohammed:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Andy Burnham): ID cards might have been quite useful.
Which implies that political repression of public protests is one of the reasons for the particular ID card biometric database scheme. The Danish Embassy protests may have been distasteful , and some people may have been inciting violence and murder, but they were not actually violent in themselves.
The Metropolitan Police have been able, under existing Public Order laws, to belatedly make several arrests regarding these protests, without any ID Card scheme in place.
Why is Andy Burnham still a Home Office Minister ?
There was an earlier vote which the Opposition lost, wherby they attempted to define indirect incitement to terrorism
Ayes: 230 Noes: 298.
Presumably this Bill will also now be considered again by the House of Lords on Monday.