Wednesday, May 06, 2009

ID Cards By "Coercion"

BBC NEWS | Politics | Manchester launch for ID cards
Anyone over 16 in the city with a UK passport will be able to apply for a card from the Home Office.
Hahahahahaha. I'm sure they'll be queuing round the block.
"Our members believed the government promise that the ID card would be voluntary," said Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the pilots' union Balpa.

"But they now know it is anything but. Our members must have an airside pass to operate aircraft and now discover that to get that pass they must have a national ID card.

"This is coercion and a case of Big Brother knows best."
Indeed. It's important not to forget this document which leaked last year, and revealed government plans to implement ID cards through:
"Various forms of coercion, such as designation of the application process for identity documents issued by UK Ministers (EG passports), are an option to stimulate applications in a manageable way. Designation should be considered as part of a managed rollout strategy, specifically in relation to UK documents. There are advantages to designation of documents associated with particular target groups eg young people who may be applying for their first Driving License."
So yeah, it's "voluntary" except if you want to keep your job you have to have one, or if you want to drive, or if you want a bank account, or to be involved in society in any way. So completely voluntary then.

The fact that any government document contains the word "Coercion" just sends shivers down my spine. Big Brother knows best though, right?

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