Quick question for you: in what world does Jacqui Smith live?
I only ask because of the strange stuff emerging from her mouth yesterday.
Jacqui Smith says public demand means people will be able to pre-register for an ID card within the next few months.
The cards will be available for all from 2012 but she said: “I regularly have people coming up to me and saying they don’t want to wait that long.”
Ms Smith, you must be very selective about who you surround yourself with. To keep bumping into the same 9% of the population so is a statistical miracle unless there’s some selective memory going on…
I’ve said it before, and I’m sure that I’ll say it again: I really don’t know know why the government is pushing ID cards so much just now. Yes, obviously there’s a nice statist benefit to tagging the entire population, but why now? ID cards are a few people are a little keen on, a few more people will put up with, a lot of people won’t like, and a dedicated core of people will say UP WITH THIS WE WILL NOT PUT.
You won’t get people out on the streets protesting for ID cards; you won’t get a whole hell of a lot of people wanting to be in on the first wave of card holders. But you will get many people who will follow the sterling example of Mr Reynolds. And they will say the following:
I refuse to carry any national ID card that is based around a national database and would rather go to prison than submit to this attack on my privacy and security. They will have to get my biometric data* by force and I will shred any ID card of this type that I am sent.
Luckily enough, I’ve already got me a passport for a foreign land, should I need it…
By the way, speaking of Jacqui Smith, I do so hope that they make a set of gloves with her prints on them. That way she’ll be a suspect for how ever many thousands of suspicious acts. Mwhahahahahahahaha.