Thursday, March 30, 2006

Official: It's Compulsory

What happens the day after the Lords get hoodwinked into allowing the government's ID card scheme and national identity register to become law?

All pretense of a voluntary aspect is abandoned. Entirely predictable behaviour from this shower of slimeballs. You'll note that there is to be no discount for those who "opt out" of having a card. You're going on the register. And you're paying for a card whether you want one or not.

They're even being up front about the whole thing now.
Mr Clarke said he did not think the opposition would be able to stop the scheme because by 2010 a "large number of people... should either have cards or hope to have cards".
They really do have no shame.

They've got the law which forces people onto the register. Now, they're going to use that to pretend that the large number of people who've no choice but to apply for a passport and be put on the register (and pay for a card they may not want) are voluntarily supporting the scheme.


The slug said "I would be very surprised if the next Conservative manifesto said 'stop the scheme. It would be very difficult to do." There you have it. The government believes that yesterday's vote was the final one in which it could have been possible to stop a compulsory ID card and monster database scheme. Exactly what the scheme's opponents said they'd do next, they've done. One day later.

And they talk about respect. Respect? Respect needs to be earned. You don't do it treating people with contempt.

The good news is, there's still a good chance they'll make such a mess of the implementation that it'll have to be abandonded. The bad news is it's your money they'll be pouring down the drain in the meantime. These people need your support now more than ever.

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