Sunday, February 15, 2009

Time to return?

As long-time readers of The Kitchen will be aware, your humble Devil lived in Auld Reekie for ten years before moving to the Big Smoke. Perhaps it is time to return to the city that I still think of as home...
The Scottish Government has told Westminster it remains "completely opposed" to its plans to roll out identity cards across the UK.

In a letter to the Home Office, Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing said the cards posed an "unacceptable threat" to civil liberties.
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He said: "Given the current financial climate, the UK Government should have better uses for the vast sums of money being spent on this scheme, which presents an unacceptable threat to citizens' privacy and civil liberties, with little tangible evidence to suggest it will do anything to safeguard against crime and terrorism."

Naturally, Fergus still thinks that the money should be spent, just that it should be spent on other things.

Still, it's a start...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe that the SNP are the party defending our freedoms against the "Party of the People", but such is the dire nature of the current UK government.

clochoderic said...

Why so hard to believe?

Yet again the SNP, despite their many failings, show the rest the way forward.

BTW Embra is a shit-hole full of aids-raddled junkies and paedo judges.

Chalcedon said...

ID cards will pin everyuone down. Now then, this here flying database recording all air travel. It's nothing to do with terrorism at all. It's for a carbon footprint tax on travellers of the flying persuasion. In addition to the airport tax there will be a tax on peple deemed to fly excessively such as business people and those bucket and spaders with too much cash. So expect a carbon footprint fine/tax from the government. Knowing who you are, where you are and all that is just about collection.

Fucking bastards the lot of them.

Henry North London said...

Dont leave just yet Wait until after the General Election

TomC said...

"Naturally, Fergus still thinks that the money should be spent, just that it should be spent on other things."

"Yet again the SNP, despite their many failings, show the rest the way forward."

That'll be just a difference in degree of statism then.

Anonymous said...

Labour need to be crushed in Scotland. If Fergus said don't spend the dosh, just cut the taxes, he would be ambushed by the even more Pravda leftie tossers in the Aljabeeb here. That bint Wark hails from here!

Judge them by their actions:-

My business rates were 3 1/2 grand B4 the SNP won. Now they are 600, and will be abolished soon.

My prescription season ticket was 90 quid. Its now 48 and will be abolished.

No more tolls on our bridges ( which were long ago paid for ).

And thats just the stuff I can remember. Same budget, same limit to spending, different priorities.

If the Hoon's are going to blow your dosh anyway would you rather they wasted it on ID cards? Wars? Expenses? Bankers bonus payments? Or on stuff that benefits you.

Anonymous said...

I don't care for the SNP's attitude to the Union and, for that reason, I'd have a hard time voting for them but. you'd be deluded if you didn't see that they're better and more effective at governing, are less interested in plundering the taxpayers' pockets and are more committed to civil liberties.

They may be pricks, as most politicians are, but they're preferable to the Labour and Tory alternatives.

Anonymous said...

Trouble is, the SNP are only opposed to ID cards as part of their permanent strategy of making as many arguments and disputes as they possibly can between Edinburgh and Westminster.

If they ever do manage to gain "independence" (translation: subjugation to the EU but without England as a partner), they'll be just as keen on snooping and big brother-type controls as the UK "government" is now.

Anonymous said...

The SNP lost my sympathy after they showed their true colours on alcohol. Banning under 21s was bad enough, but making supermarket shoppers queue at a special booze counter intended to humiliate them? In Scotland? Lol...