Saturday, October 29, 2005

Resistance is not Futile

The NO2ID campaign have started a new pledge for people who wish to refuse to register for an ID card. Their first pledge was signed by over 11,000 people (including me). This second one is for those who didn't get round to signing first time round.
I will refuse to register for an ID card and will donate £10 to a legal defence fund but only if 15,000 other people will also make this same pledge.
It's stating the obvious but every person who publicly opposes this Bill will help to create a little more doubt in the minds of Ministers as to the wisdom of the plans. I'd strongly recommend being one of those people. If this passes into law, it is never, ever, going to go away. Even if the system ends up riddled with faults and inaccuracies and even if it goes vastly over budget, as is widely predicted by most security and IT experts (those with no vested interest in the scheme anyway) , it will be too late to abolish it. Once the government starts spending money in earnest, it will become a permanent fixture of life in the UK. There'll be no turning back.

The Bill is to be debated in the House of Lords on Monday. It's widely expected that their Lordships will set about sticking the boot in with no little enthusiasm. Give it a kick for me please, my Lords.

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