Oh groan, oh moan, I.D. cards have reared its ugly police-state head again. In the Independent newspaper, Thursday 25th September, there is an article about the Government's insistence regarding these monstrous anti-freedom cards which, if fully introduced and made compulsory, will enslave all the people of Britain.
The Government and its ministers make all sorts of claims for the introduction of I.D. cards such as: they will prevent terrorism, help in the fight against crime, stop identity fraud, stop illegal immigration and the list of all the fabled wonders of this little bit of plastic goes on - and on, its a wonder they haven't yet claimed they will prevent verrucas!
It can, however, be almost guaranteed that I.D. cards will not stop terrorism, they did not stop the Madrid train bombers, nor will they stop home grown terrorists who up until the time they commit another pointless slaughter in the name of Allah, will be classed as decent law abiding British subjects even though they may have a whole mass of explosives strapped to their person.
Then there is the criminal fraternity, they will love I.D. cards which they will fake and forge the moment they are enforced - their false I.D. cards will make them look legitimate and help them greatly in their nefarious affairs.
I.D. card supporters say: "If you have nothing to hide there is nothing to fear." Well, if you have nothing to hide why should you be treated like a tagged and monitored criminal? The real reason the Government is so insistent on the introduction of I.D. cards is it, once again, is having to comply with the EU which wants a common I.D. card. We in the UK, who were born free, are being enslaved on the insistence of the EU. The real concern is the amount of data that will be contained on these cards, the Government will be able to watch and monitor all that we do, where we go, what we buy and and what books we borrow from libraries. If a powerful body watching our movements puts two and two together, make five million, and decide our actions are decidedly dodgy, the next thing we may know is that we are being pulled off the streets or face a midnight knock on the door, whisked off to an interrogation centre where we will have to account for our actions. Add this to other losses of liberties such as trial by jury and the introduction of the EU's system of law, Corpus Juris, we could face incarceration for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and buy the wrong thing.
When you add to this that the EU will get its grubby, corrupt, little mitts on all the information kept on us on the national data-base, and that at some time it will be lost in a public place, that fraudsters will get their hands on it and that there will be cock-ups which will make our lives a misery if we can't prove we are who we say we are because a bloody bit of plastic will not swipe, there are more reasons than any fictitious benefits why we should say: 'No, no, no, to I.D. cards.