Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Passport applicants must give fingerprints

The Guardian reports that, having lost the Bill in Parliament, the government is proceeding with the introduction of the systems for ID Cards and National Databases using "the Royal Prerogative" - i.e. legislating without the legislature under powers reserved for emergencies.

The arrogance of these people is breathtaking. Few of us doubted that they would be back with their police state schemes if re-elected, but they are clearly bored with the democratic process and amusing themselves with the taxpayers' money in the rests between lying (sorry spinning) their way to victory.

Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Passport applicants must give fingerprints


Albion Blogger said...

That's infuriating. I think ID cards are a total waste of time, I really do but if they came in through the front door - voted for by Parliament - I would just have to live with it. But this backdoor way of getting them in.... It's stereotypical of this slimey government and it means I can't even respect the politicians that I disagree with.

Blair has put the final nail in what was left of politicians' credibility.


Anonymous said...

Given the rather duplicitous tactics we have seen at play in getting the ID card legislation as far as it did before parliament was dissolved, this was not surprising. Much PR and sound-biting has been put forward on ID cards but New Labour so far have singly failed to prove the need to spend £5.5bn over 10 years (an estimated cost which is set to rise). It should be pointed out that the technology is hugely unproven and that noted security experts warn that such schemes are highly unlikely to fix the problems they claim to solve.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Readers may therefore wish to download this flyer to see what New Labour really thinks of freedom from an oppressive state.