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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 February 2006
ID Cards: 'Creeping compulsion' and grovelling MPs
YET ANOTHER threatened 'backbench revolt' on identity (ID) cards by
Labour MPs fizzled out on 13 February after some minor concessions
swayed most 'rebels'.
ID cards could now be issued within three years. They won't be
compulsory until 2013 but anybody renewing their passport from 2009 will
get a full 'biometric' passport combined with an ID card and their
details will be recorded on a national identity database.
This backdoor legislation has been labelled 'creeping compulsion',
although new legislation will need to be approved before the scheme is
Government ministers claim these cards are essential to beat
terrorism but civil rights campaigners Liberty point out that they are
not a "magic bullet against fraudsters and terrorists." New
York had ID cards before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Madrid had them
before the bomb attack on the rail system in March 2004.
And the cost could be enormous - the government estimate that full
biometric passport/ ID cards will cost £93 for a five-year card
compared to the present £51 for a ten-year passport but the fee has yet
to be set and the true cost may be hidden in extra charges. When the
card becomes compulsory, there will be fines for failing to have a card
or for forgetting to tell the authorities if your circumstances change.
People fear these cards will not only be used to increase harassment
of such groups as ethnic minorities but also to try to ration access to
services such as education and health. Meanwhile private companies will
make fortunes out of Europe's largest public-sector computer project,
estimated officially to cost £5.8 billion.
Socialists will keep up the campaign against the threat of ID cards
and fight for abolition of the legislation.
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In The Socialist 16 February 2006:
Troops out of Iraq
Fight for your future
Hands off our schools!
ID cards: 'Creeping compulsion' and grovelling MPs
The real cost of BP mega-profits
Universities and the arms trade
Haitian poor rebel at suspected poll-rigging
Building an alternative to the profit system
New Labour attacks the sick and disabled
Keep fighting New Labour's Education Bill
Labour's pro-business policies are punished
The housing scandal
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month
Striking postal workers build support
Sick of the system
Marching for jobs and services
The Socialist 16 February 2006 |
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