the idea of them.
Just think, what are they actually going to help with? Crime? Terrorism? Preventing ID theft/fraud? Stopping people giving false details to a PCSO (bit of an expensive solution to a minor offence!
Seriously, if anyone can help me out on this one, please do.
If the Police don't have powers to demand to see them or you don't HAVE to carry it what difference can
Sure, you can "ask
" to see it, or "find
" it during a stop search. But the only ones who will carry it or willingly produce it will be the law abiding public with nothing to hide. And you won't have any powers to deal with the criminals/terrorists who don't produce it or carry it. Business as normal then...
If later, the government does introduce legislation to make it an offence not to carry one or produce one (...to an accredited person
) then, again, what good will it do? What will be the procedure for dealing with those not carrying it?
You won't be certain of their ID, they may be unemployed or no fixed abode (or an actual terrorist!!) so a ticket/producer is out of the question. They'll have to be nicked.
How many people will be nicked for forgetting their wallet?! It'll be the new shop lifting, an offence that no officer will want to go near.
The new biometrics will be hard to forge, but unless we all get pocket sized card readers all the forgers will have to do is copy the look of the card. Not hard.
The biometrics will be invaluable to ID thieves/fraudsters. It may be encrypted, but it won't take long for them to work out how to hack it. Especially when the rewards would be so great, biometric data will open new ways to commit fraud as more systems will rely on it.
The black market for lost/stolen cards will be immense. And as the data will be stored on the card, you can't cancel them like a credit card.
All this data will also have to be stored centrally in some government department [shudder]
But my objection to them has nothing to do with the above. I dislike the idea that the government thinks I'm a criminal or terrorist and that I have to have a card to prove my innocence.
for the privilege!)
Millions of people, and some of my friends, have died in the past to protect our civil liberties, freedoms and way of life. This would be a huge slap in the face of the sacrifices they made.
For some reason the "civil liberties brigade" are viewed as left wing, in cahoots with the "human rights brigade". I don't know why this is, the administration that's done most harm to civil liberties has been a left wing government (new labour). Yet it's become fashionable to ridicule them?
The argument that "this is for the good of the country, if you disagree you're an unpatriotic pacifist or criminal
" or "you must have something to hide
" isn't a logical argument. It's bullying, intimidating and scaremongering.
Civil liberties used to be at the core of what it meant to be British.
We've fought for our own. We've fought for other country's.
I have lost friends to both terrorists and criminals. And I would happily accept the risk of attack to continue my way of life.
It's a weak leader that can't stand up and say "We will not be frightened into changing our way of life".
"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."
-- Thomas Jefferson --