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Steve Bell on ID cards

Steve Bell on ID Cards Today’s Steve Bell cartoon is one of his best.
On the subject of ID cards, Liberty, an organisation broadly equivalent to ACLU in the US, took out a full page advert in the Guardian today encouraging readers to join the campaign against ID cards. If you’re against them and you haven’t already signed the petition, do so now. I used to be in favour of ID cards but even I now think they’re a bad and very expensive idea.


  1. I didn’t care until I found out I HAD TO PAY!

  2. I continue to find it laughable that the crusty, techo-illiterate people running this country are so deluded as to believe that these cards will never be hacked or illegally duplicated.
    I give them 48 hours from release before they’re cracked. Poof. Hundreds of millions of dollars that could have gone towards health care and addressing unemployment WASTED.

  3. I give them 48 hours from release before they’re cracked. Poof. Hundreds of millions of dollars that could have gone towards health care and addressing unemployment WASTED.

    Yes. The goverment is known to be hacked. Generally just to take the mick.

  4. Well, I will say its a good idea to have National ID Card but spending fortune on it is not. Also its not clear the idea will work or not.The government and supporters of the scheme argue that identity cards are necessary to prevent identity theft and reduce benefit fraud. They say that identity cards would:

    Prevent illegal immigration: Lack of a card allows illegal immigrants to arrive and disappear, according to the government.

    Prevent illegal working: Identity cards would enable employers to verify if people are allowed to work and it would be easier to prosecute employers who break the law

    Aid anti-terrorism measures: Identity cards would make it harder for terrorists and organised crime rings to use false and multiple identities

    Tackle identity theft: A National Register with unique biometric information for each person would make fraud much harder

    Reduce benefit fraud and abuse of public services: Identity cards would ensure that public services are only used by those entitled to

    Enhance sense of community: The government believes that identity cards would create a sense of shared citizenship, belonging and security.

    But on other end card will

    Lead to loss of privacy: A massive database with an unprecedented amount of personal information would be created with giving government the power to “extend surveillance” of the population.

    Be costly and impractical: The true cost of the scheme is unpredictable and the Home Office has a bad track record with large-scale IT projects.

    Worsen harassment of ethnic minorities: They would provide another pretext for stop-and-search, often directed at ethnic minorities.

    Have little impact on counter-terrorism: Terror networks could forge cards or papers enabling people to get cards, and they haven’t prevented attacks elsewhere.

    Have little effect on illegal working: Employers who are already willing to break the law won’t be put off by identity cards.

    Lead to ‘function creep’: MPs on the Home Affairs Committee expressed concerns that the functions of the card could grow as it stores more personal information.
    I am just worried about its misuse. I m sure this will happen one day …

  5. At the current “freedom erosion” rate in the USA, I’d say it’s just a matter of time before there are some kind of “special” police on almost every street corner asking for your “papers, please.”
    All in the name of preventing terrorism. Stupid, shortsighted, uneducated people…