Our lovely Home Secretary now claims she’s pursuing ID cards because the public demands them:
Jacqui Smith says public demand means people will be able to pre-register for an ID card within the next few months.
The cards will be available for all from 2012 but she said: “I regularly have people coming up to me and saying they don’t want to wait that long.”
The home secretary made the claim as she unveiled revised ID scheme plans.
Jacqui Smith’s claim that people were saying they wanted an ID card “beggared belief” and would “come back to haunt her”.
“She must be ignoring twice the number of people who are coming up to her and saying I don’t want my details on any database whatsoever.”
Ministers hope that 7 million people a year will apply for the separate card or one combined with a passport from 2012, in a market that could be worth £200m a year.
I think I can speak for everyone I know as well as myself that it’ll be a cold day in hell that I apply for an ID card, let alone actually get one. It’s revealing of course, from the final line, that ID cards are not about gaining identity security, or combating terrorism. The British ID card scheme is entirely about profit – namely the privatisation of identity itself.