This is a press release from the ant-ID card campaigning group, No2ID, which has pointed out the results of the latest public opinion on the introduction of ID cards. They are a waste of money say 79% of those polled.
Support for the Government's national identity scheme has all but vanished. A YouGov poll commissioned by the Sunday People shows that 79% of the public think the money earmarked for the ID card scheme is better used on something else. This figure is a complete reversal of public opinion since the scheme was launched by David Blunkett, and a triumph for opponents.
This latest collapse in public support follows attempts by Ministers to spin ID cards as 'voluntary', with no real change in the underlying programme. Regulations were approved last week to bring in fees, fingerprinting, lifelong compulsory notification and penalties for everyone registered on the ID database. From 2011, this would include everyone applying for a passport according to those plans.
Phil Booth, National Coordinator of NO2ID said:
'The game is up. The ID scheme is exposed as a bureaucrat's luxury that can now only be imposed by bullying and subterfuge.'
'We don't trust Whitehall to 'manage' our identities and we don't want it to spend massive amounts of tax money to do so. If the Prime Minister wants to look responsive and decisive he will shut down the programme on Monday morning.