Tuesday, March 14, 2006

ID Cards to be linked to passports

It seems that MPs have voted to link ID Cards with new passports, thus overturning the previous ruling by the Lords.
MPs have backed government plans to make all passport applicants get an ID card, overturning an earlier defeat in the House of Lords.

Peers have twice defeated the plans, which they say break Labour's election promise that the initial ID scheme would be voluntary.

Well, we can only hope that the Lords do the decent thing and send it back again.
But Home Secretary Charles Clarke said passports were "voluntary documents" that no-one was forced to renew.

As I have said, Clarke is a thin-skinned bastard whose death will be greeted by whoops and cheers, and maybe even a small party, here at The Kitchen.
The Identity Cards Bill will return to the House of Lords on Wednesday.

The vote, in which Labour won by 310 votes to 277, raises the prospect of a constitutional clash between the Commons and the Lords, BBC political correspondent Sean Curran said.

What I want to know is why are these MPs voting for these cards? No one in their right mind thinks that the system will work, and it will cost a fortune, quite apart from any civil liberties arguments. One can either conclude that all of our elected representatives are either insane or they actually do not know the first thing about the proposal or, indeed, the technology involved. If you want to know more about the technical details of the biometrics, then I recommend this article; for a greater understanding of the real world penetration of the cards, Unity can't be beat.
Critics said the link with passports amounted to "compulsion by stealth".

But Home Office minister Andy Burnham said peers should bow to MPs on the issue.

"This issue has been debated in detail by Parliament," he said.

"It is now time for the Lords to let us get on with the job of building a high quality identity system that will help the UK meet the challenges of the 21st Century."

Naturally; what would the Safety Elephant do without his pet spiv to pull the civil-liberty thorns from his clumping feet, eh? I have already exposed Andy Burnham as a liar: his weasel words are not worth bothering with.

We can only hope that the Lords decide to throw the legislation back at the troughers in the Commons, and that some of them get a spine in the short time left...

3 comments:

Serf said...

Passports are voluntary documents!!!!!

Your choice is
1) Get and id card
2) Never ever go abroad

Handing over your cash to an armed robber is voluntary as well.
1) Hand over Cash
2) Or die

Where is the compulsion in that?

Anonymous said...

Taken from IEE Spectrum magazine (the house magazine of the Institute of Electrical Engineers) January 2006 article on the proposed Identity Cards: "Loser: Britain's Identity Crisis - Proposed biometric ID cards won't prevent fraud or terrorism"


On page 2 of the online edition (at http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jan06/2597/2 ) we have a quote from MicroSofts National Technology Officer for the UK:

Moreover, putting the personal data of millions of people in one single place, as the government proposes, is "poor security and poor privacy practice," wrote Jerry Fishenden, Microsoft Corp.'s national technology officer for the UK, in an article for The Scotsman late last year. It would be a highly attractive target for hackers, and the result, he concluded, could be "massive identity fraud on a scale beyond anything we have seen before."

If even MS see this as bad security practice ...

Anonymous said...

A virtual berlin wall. Trapping people in Blairistan.

The doubling of emigration since the blair regime took power once again proves the wisdom of crowds.

Rob Read.

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