Yes, I have a photographic passport. I use it to travel between countries (including NIreland – UK flights). I sometimes use it to get into bars, to prove that I’m over a certain age. I am not legally obliged to carry it unless I am passing through passport control, when I have to prove that I’m a citizen of the EU to get into it.
Yes, I have a photographic driving licence. And have had one since I turned 17. It’s photographic ID, and was designed to combat terrorism (worked a treat, didn’t it. Wiped terrorism out altogether). I have to produce it within two days if demanded by a police officer in connection with driving.
What I will not have, and will never carry, is a card to prove that I’m me. I should never have to prove to any agent of the state that I am me unless there is a damn good reason. I may need to prove that I meet certain criteria (ie, am insured to drive, and capable of driving, have a right to enter the country), but that’s it. And fuck yez if you think that I’ll be happy to produce it to every one of Ubertamfurher’s Blunkett’s* little minions. Or any of them for that matter.
* – may he rot painfully in the infected lower bowel of a seriously ill elephant for all eternity