According to Sky News, government ministers are changing their tack on ID cards. Instead of blatantly trying to ram them down our throats through fear, they are going to use a softer sell to ram them down our throats.Instead of government ministers and police officers talking tough and insisting they need us to carry ID cards to beat terrorism, the emphasis will shift to persuading us that we'll be missing out if we fail to sign up to the scheme.
My gut instinct says "I’ll miss out then, thank you very much."
But the government has anticipated that sort of response. And now we have the muted threat behind the ID card scheme—that you are just going to miss out on some things, but really miss out on crucial things:'Entitlement' seems to be the buzzword. The card being portrayed as the way we can access the state benefits and public services that we're entitled to.
Right. So I still have to pay for an ID card to access services that I am already entitled to and have already paid for. Jesus Christ, that is a bit of a mind fuck. It is like Tesco saying "I know you’ve just bought your weekly shop, paid for it ‘n’ all, but we’re not going to let you take those goods until that you are entitled to and have paid for until you have signed up for a Clubcard. Oh, and we are going to charge you a small fucking fortune for the Clubcard as well."They'd be out of business within a week.
Quite. And the Libertarian Party are, naturally, against ID cards on principle.
The UK Libertarian Party today condemned the Labour government's proposals to introduce ID cards through a “soft sell”.
Party Leader, Patrick Vessey, said,“Both ID cards and the accompanying database fundamentally change the relationship between individuals and the state.
“The Libertarian Party is utterly opposed to this cataloguing of the people of Britain.
“In a truly free society, and provided that they harm nobody else by doing so, every person should be able to go where they like, and call themselves what they like, without having to beg permission of anyone else.
“Instead, the Labour government feels justified in tagging and labelling us as though we were mere livestock—bovine automata to be herded and tracked at our masters' convenience.”
We are ruled by evil idiots. And I haven't even commented on the death of Parliament yet...