I am delighted to pass on the following “hot” press release which indicates yet more resistance to the governments'looney ID scheme:
Last night Liverpool City Council passed a motion - with the full support of the Labour group - rejecting the government's ID card scheme. The motion, prompted by reports that Liverpool may follow Manchester as a 'beacon city' for the roll out of the National Identity Scheme, bans the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) from using any council-controlled premises or facilities to promote the scheme. It also suggests that Gordon Brown set out to mislead last autumn's Labour Party Conference about the scheme. NO2ID says the 'voluntary' pilot scheme is an ID Card Con. Anyone induced to pay £30 for an ID card also has to be fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed by the IPS, and becomes subject for life to regulations issued by the Home Office under the Identity Cards Act. Their personal information may be passed to other government departments, their use of the card is tracked, and they must report any change in personal circumstances to the IPS or face penalties of up to £1,000.
Phil Booth, NO2ID's National Coordinator, said:'Neither the people of Liverpool nor their elected representatives have been conned. We particularly congratulate Labour councillors for taking their constituents' sides against the Home Office's favourite surveillance scheme, even if a Labour Home Secretary complacently lets the bureaucrats steam on, spending uncounted millions in the biggest ID theft of all.'
--Your people Stephen.