Tuesday, May 16, 2006

ID Cards were a fucking mistake?!

What the hell is this?!
I was at Lord's on Saturday with a mate from Manchester and we got talking about ID cards. He told me of a conversation he'd recently had with a Labour Party activist back at home. My friend had asked where the idea of ID cards had come from. The activist shook his head and said something to the effect of: "I don't know. None of us wanted it. I didn't want it. My MP didn't want it. What seems to have happened is that it was a policy idea which accidentally got announced to the media as a policy initiative, and now no one can face backing down on it."

This lunatic, expensive, illiberal piece of crap nonsense is being forced upon us because some arsehole made a mistake?! Jesus fucking Christ, the mind boggles.

Couldn't someone have owned up, or just quietly let the whole thing slide? In the name of fucking Jesus, when will someone kill these useless, incompetent fuckwits? Fucking hell, I'm really fucked off now...

4 comments:

Longrider said...

Couldn't someone have owned up

You jest, surely...

Meanwhile, have you looked at Katherine Courtney's evidence to the recent committee? Read it it and weep - I did.

art of war said...

PJ O'Rourke had it right, sometimes you can only say:
"what the fuck, I mean what the fucking fuck?"

archrights said...

Interesting. Although other countries have ID cards, none of them has anything as comprehensive as the planned NIR database, so the idea is completely homegrown. I suspect, though, that it has come out of the e-government 'central record separated by electronic gateways' agenda.

Oscar Wildebeest said...

I'm just surprised that anyone is surprised. When the 'official' reason for the cards kept shifting from anti-terrorism to benefit fraud to identity fraud to immigration control to traffic offences to whatever it is this week, it should have been obvious that no one behind the scheme had the first idea what they were for or why so much money is being spent on bringing them in. The project has become self-perpetuating, self-fulfilling. It's as if the EST machine has taken over the asylum.

Did Boris Johnson and Vote Leave lie about the £350m per week?

Short answer: no. Slightly longer answer: Vote Leave did play fast and loose with the actual definitions—hey! it's marketing. And in...