Sunday, February 12, 2006

Don't vote for this ID pig in a poke

Charles Clarke ID cardLord Phillips hopes that the Commons will share the Lords' concerns over the government's ID card proposals, and vote tomorrow to support the critical Lords amendments:

Should the state manifest a presumption of trust towards its citizenry, or is that onus now to be reversed, and, if so, with what effects? Will a surveillance state strengthen or weaken the body politic and citizen allegiance long term? And will our unparalleled new security regime lead to diminishing returns, like an excess of antibiotics?

The Lords, after 60 hours of debate, sensed that red lights are already flashing on all these issues and stood resolute against this pig in a poke.

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