Well my mum is currently staying with us, until she departs tomorrow. It’s been great to have her over, see the place and actually spend a little time with Penny but it’s been pretty draining. We managed to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the V&A too, which was good.
The Government, as part of it’s e-government initiative, has launched an online petition site. The pro-hunt crowd have jumped on this whole-heartedly and have the most signatories so far. In second place we have the ID cards petition.
Now I’m not exactly holding out my hopes here, since I’ve never had much faith in petitions for a start and I would actually venture that online petitions have even less weight as it’s so easy to organise an internet campaign. See, for example, the pro-hunting and their 7000 odd signatories. But what the hell, I’m sure the anti-ID card group can manage more than 2190, surely?
BBC NEWS Politics Minister defends ID cards plans: “‘I take the view that it is part of being a good citizen, proving who you are, day in day out,’ said Mr Burnham [a Home Office minister]. “
I see the arguments have moved on a little now. ID cards are no longer going to stop terrorists (they can’t stop British national terrorists as on July 7th and foreigners don’t need one), they won’t combat organised crime (ID cards will be linked to passports and those are easy enough to get hold of on the black market) and they won’t combat identity theft apart from maybe some benefits fraud. So what compelling argument are we left with by the government and their Tory allies?
Proving who you are, day in, day out, is part of being a good, obedient citizen. Hurrah!
In Britain we have the highest percentage of population (including uncharged individuals and minors) registered on a DNA database, the highest number of CCTV cameras per square mile and soon an inevitable and, lets face it, compulsory ID card linked to biometric data in a National Identity Register.
Better not complain about it though, as otherwise I’d be an ungood citizen and “those who have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear”.
tags: civil liberties, id cards