Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Lords finally cave in on ID cards

Lords a-leapingThe Lords have finally given in to government pressure and accepted a meaningless "compromise" over the ID cards bill. While cards will not be issued before 2010, the National Identity Register will start slurping information from passport applications and renewals long before then:

Home Office minister Andy Burnham said in a statement: "I am delighted that we have been able to give our backing to an amendment tabled by the cross-bencher Lord Armstrong.

"The amendment preserves the integrity of the national identity register by ensuring that everyone who applies for or renews a passport or other designated document has their biometric information and other identity details placed on the register."

Opponents of the ID scheme must now work to ensure the election of a Tory + Lib Dem coalition at the next general election in 2008/2009 to ensure this legislation is repealed before it can permanently damage human rights in the UK.

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