Manchester to ‘Trial’ ID Cards

So despite the government being essentially broke, despite their suppression of dissent in tatters, despite there being no case made for ID cards whatsoever (at least a believable one), mad Jacqui Smith is still going ahead with the plan:

Manchester will this autumn become the first city where people can sign up for an ID card, Jacqui Smith has said.

Anyone over 16 in the city with a UK passport will be able to apply for a card from the Home Office.

The home secretary’s speech signals her determination to push ahead with the cards, which will initially cost £30, despite opposition.

So here’s the question: why? Well look at this:

The home secretary was speaking during a visit to Newall Green high school in Wythenshawe, a deprived part of Manchester.

She took part in a workshop with pupils to discuss the benefits of ID cards.

Smith said: “I think, having talked to young people this morning, that having a safe and secure way of proving your identity is something they want and something they need.”

She said that there would be no government help towards the £30 cost of the cards, which would be issued to people aged 16 and over on a voluntary basis next year.

The home secretary said: “We’re saying: if you think it’s got benefits for you, for only £30 you can register with the scheme and you’ve got a card to prove who you are as you start out in life.”

So we’ve got indoctrination to start with. What does it say about the national identity register and ID cards that a government minister would have to go into a school in order to push them onto those without fully developed critical faculties? She won’t mention for a minute that they’re about as easily copied as passports. She won’t teach people to use the internet more safely or to buy shredders to protect their private information. She won’t let on that she won’t let you have a passport and leave and return to the country at will, without signing up to the register. She won’t let the kids know that they can’t have a student loan in the future without signing up. Pilots aren’t buying this garbage:

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa ), which represents more than 80% of commercial airline pilots, is to mount a legal challenge to Home Office plans to use “critical” airside workers as the first compulsory “guinea pigs” for the scheme.

MPs are shortly to be asked to approve the powers to compel the pilots and other airside workers at the two airports to register for the national ID card scheme as part of their “pre-employment” checks. The £30 fee is to be waived as an incentive for them to sign up.

The pilots’ union has protested to ministers that the £18m scheme cannot be regarded as voluntary when they are being told they will not qualify for an “airside pass” without them: “ID cards will have absolutely no value as far as security is concerned. This is nothing other than coercion and promises that ID cards would be voluntary have been broken,” Jim McAuslan, Balpa general secretary, has told ministers. “We will resist.”

It’s certainly proof that ID cards are indeed being introduced by stealth. The Home Office is trying to preempt coordinated dissent by marginalising group after group, minority after minority, to make a take-up by the majority an inevitability. She says it’s about protection from ‘criminals, illegal immigrants and terrorists’, but for that to make sense you’d have to have some evidence that the Home Office’s obsession with databases actually works. It doesn’t. The government’s handling of sensitive private information has been lazy at best and criminally neglectful at worst. Their obsession with including indefinitely the DNA details of everyone arrested by the police has had no impact at all on the solving of crime, and they have failed to explain to anyone how compromising the privacy of everyone improves the security of anyone. All we’ve seen from this government is multiple means of aggressive control, and why? To look strong on illegal immigration terrorism crime, and both placate the red top tabloids which they so fear? Or to further their ultimate obsession with ‘protection’? It’s time this government realised you can’t protect anyone by controlling everyone. It has to stop.

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