What this is actually about is the police asking the Government to extend the powers of the state for its convenience. The argument in favour of the establishment, de jure, of a compulsory national DNA database has been lost. This is the first attempt to sneak it in - without any proper argument at all - de facto.
That is why it needs to be resisted. It is based on the alarming rationale that there exists an absolute divide (one expressed in an abrogation of your right to privacy) not only between all those who have ever broken any law and the rest of the population but also between all those who have ever been suspected of breaking the law and the rest of the population. That's not the characteristic view of a free society. Our privacy is something that belongs to us: not something the Government gives us, on probation, as a favour. They serve us: not vice versa. This may be a matter of principle, but it is one that could scarcely have more profound practical importance.
The only way to make absolutely certain that a national DNA database is not subject to abuse - by this police service or any successor police service; by this Government or any successor government - is to make absolutely certain that such a database does not exist in the first place.
And we compare this healthy attitude—published, I might remind you, in a traditionally socially authoritarian newspaper, catering for traditionally socially authoritarian Conservative readers—with the voice of NuLabour, Neil Harding.
Anyway, this argument, as I have already said is an aside, to be really fair we need to DNA database everybody - there need not be any stigma attached to being on this database.
Fuck the stigma, Neil; quite apart from the fact that my DNA, like my identity, belongs to me not to those who serve me, you have altogether too much faith in the accuracy of DNA. DNA testing does throw up false positives and it does get things wrong. It is not an exact science (or, at least, not on the level that the police test at).
I would gratefully add my details if everybody in society had to be on it - as the benefits to me (and society in general) would outweigh my inconvenience.
Really? Tell you what, Neil, why not just wander down to the police station and get them to take a swab now? You had better do so, because the police are going to get my DNA when they prise the swab from my cold, dead mouth. Fuck you, you totalitarian cunt.
Interestingly, of course, Neil is ideologically in favour of ID Cards which puts him in the same camp as arch-Tory, Tim Montgomerie: see how a fucking totalitarian Left-wing bastard meets a fucking totalitarian Right-wing bastard.
Truly, politics is a torus.