Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Home Office nominally suspends ID cards programme

So, our prediction that the (Labour) government's looney ID scheme was destined to flop looks like becoming a reality. This from an announcement on the government's Identity and Passport Service website:

"Both Parties that now form the new Government stated in their manifestos that they will cancel Identity Cards and the National Identity Register. We will announce in due course how this will be achieved. Applications can continue to be made for ID cards but we would advise anyone thinking of applying to wait for further announcements."

Well, thank the Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition for that! And thanks to us at NO2ID, among others, for making this issue count. Campaigning off of the top of a rickety wallpapering table in Thanet's high streets, Thanet NO2ID was occasionally abused and sometimes ignored, but as often met a respectful curiosity and willingness to listen to what we had to say. I felt we made a difference, and thanks to all those who helped out.

NO2ID HQ Comments: We will seek to influence *how* the scheme will be cancelled. Since the programme has been for the past 3 years trimmed and modified to build the infrastructure of the scheme into passports and the visa system, it will take more than superficial cancellation to eradicate the danger. We need to ensure that the ID scheme is gone; and that it is permanently gone. That means giving back to everyone the capacity to control their own identities. NO2ID will not be satisfied till the National Identity Scheme is gone and those who planned and executed it are no longer able to drive public policy.

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