Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2009-04-29 10:08
Oh, really. Let's see.
"Mr Blunkett has already suggested ID cards would only work for Britons if they were compulsory. At a security conference in London yesterday he was asked whether ID cards could be dropped. He replied: "I think it is possible to mandate biometric passports.""
"[...] However, even Mr Blunkett's view that universal biometric passports would be a better options will still cause concern as the biometric details will still be stored on a database by the Government."
So, in fact, Blunkett is not proposing that ID cards should be scrapped at all, he just wants to rename them.
""Most people already have a passport but they might want something more convenient to carry around than the current passport and may be able to have it as a piece of plastic for an extra cost.""
You mean, like every other EU country has been doing since the 1980s. Except without the expensive and dangerously insecure biometric crap that is the reason we're complaining about it.
Also, if you're going to make passports mandatory, you could stop charging us for the right to leave the country.
So this is basically the face-saving exercise that we've been expecting for a while now -- we need to make sure that people don't forget that it's Labour who got us into this mess, and have wasted millions of pounds of our money on a scheme with no benefits whatsoever.