ID Cards

What do you think about plans for compulsory ID Cards in the UK ?

  • Great idea

    Votes: 5 6.3%
  • Worst idea since Iraq war

    Votes: 70 88.6%
  • Don't mind either way

    Votes: 4 5.1%
  • It wont affect me

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


ID cards in the UK seem like a good idea for some people and a breach of human rights for others, what do you think ?

Plans for ID cards are said to be in turmoil ahead of a crucial vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Reports say the cost of each card could reach as much as £300 - up from an estimated £93.

The Government has also denied that information gathered for the cards could be sold off to private firms.

It had been claimed that the Government could sell personal details stored on the supporting database for £750 each to help meet the huge costs of the card scheme.

Immigration minister Tony McNulty insisted: "The suggestion that the Government intends to 'sell' information on the ID cards register is complete and utter nonsense."

But he added that banks and other organisations would be accredited users and able to refer to the database for identification verification purposes.

Critics of the proposals, including the Conservatives, have warned that ID cards could become New Labour's poll tax.

An LSE report, out on Monday, is expected give the opposition more ammunition. The report is said to put a price tag of up to £18bn on the scheme.

There has been a growing backlash among Labour backbenchers to the plans but they are unlikely to rebel in sufficient numbers to defeat the Government.

But peers seems certain to table a raft of amendments which could radically alter the scheme when the Bill reaches the House of Lords.

Source: Sky News



just got this on the wire this mornin...

may be your last chance to formaly give notice of your disappointment with our government (before they already know in advance, along with everything else about you)::


Dear Friend

How do you feel about an ID card scheme being foisted on the British people that even George Bush described as too ‘illiberal’ when a similar scheme was proposed in the US?

If you’re not sure where you stand on ID cards please still take a minute to read on because there’s a lot we’re not being told by the Government.

The fact is this is not just about a simple identity card: it is actually more about a national surveillance infrastructure - called the National Identity Register - based on the most comprehensive database of personal information ever devised in any country. It could even include the police DNA database, GCHQ electronic surveillance database and phone & internet surfing records.

This database lies behind the ID card scheme. It is nothing like the ID card this country had in the war and is wider in scope than any other European ID card - it is more like schemes adopted in very authoritarian countries, where the police have access to the personal details of every citizen.

I’m writing to you and all Our World Our Say supporters to ask you to take urgent action now to persuade MPs that the British people will not accept this scheme. Go to

This Tuesday, the 28th May, the ID Cards Bill will receive its’ second reading. You and I and all who care must ensure that MPs and Home Secretary Charles Clarke receive a massive wake up call from voters.

In Australia, in New Zealand and in Canada voters have rejected such a scheme. We must do the same here in Britain.

It will enable all state bodies and even commercial organisations to access a whole raft of information about who we are and what we do. Right through our life every action through officialdom will be recorded. You and I will have little control over the use of this data.

It may be too illiberal for the US but Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Tony Blair clearly think it’s not too illiberal for Britain. You and I must prove them wrong.

In the early stages the scheme will be voluntary - but you won’t be able to work, you won’t be able to access the health service and you won’t be able to get a passport without becoming part of the scheme. And the government has admitted that the scheme will become compulsory.

Imagine having to queue to get your fingerprints and retina scanned - and having to pay a significant amount for the privilege of receiving a card. The fact is the total cost has been estimated by the London School of Economics to be at least £300 per person. The actual cost to you and I may be subsidised by selling the data to private companies but it is still likely to be substantial.

If you don’t turn up to your appointment to have your fingerprints, face and retina scanned then you face a fine of £2,500. You could go to prison for up to two years if you don’t sign up for a card. To back the bill up a whole range of new offences are being created - which threaten to make criminals out of thousands of ordinary people.

Why is this card being introduced? None of the Governments arguments stack up. They won’t prevent terrorism. All the terrorists who committed the Madrid bombing had legitimate ID cards. Elsewhere in the world ID cards have done nothing to stop terrorism.

They won’t stop benefit fraud. 90% of benefit fraud is by people using their real identity. They won’t stop illegal immigration. All of the evidence of ID card schemes is that as soon as they are established a trade starts in forged cards. And minority ethnic groups are also concerned because the scheme may be used by bigoted officials to harass them.

The cost will be horrendous. The London School of Economics study estimates that the total cost of this scheme could be as much as £18 billion pounds. That could buy a lot of schools and hospitals. The government denies this but if a recent leak to Private Eye is true then the Passport Office is already working on the basis that the cards will cost £300 each to implement.

On top of this the technology is completely unproven. The planned ID card scheme in Australia was driven out by the failure of the technology and massive public opposition.

Help build a bandwagon against the ID Cards Bill. Take action now by:
* contacting your MP and telling him or her why they must vote against this bill. You will be redirected from the Our World Our Say to
* emailing the Home Secretary
* declaring your home an ID cards free zone.

Together we must show the Government that the British people have caught on to exactly what this bill means. Go to and take these actions now.

It’s vital that we do all we can to wake up the British people to a development that is the most draconian enforcement of a national identity card scheme and database in peace time. We have little time to prevent this becoming law.


Rob Whitehead
Development Manager, Our World Our Say

PS: It has been revealed that the government has been asked to consider making the national database underlying the ID card scheme accessible to the American authorities. Please take action today to prevent this scheme becoming law.

You can download an ID card free zone poster from to put up in your window.

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dave arc-i

this might well lead to mass civil disobedience something that might finally make the goverment wake up and smell the coffee - what they going to do? bung EVERYBODY in prison after screwing up the court system by completely overloading it? or introduce detention without trial (contrary to human rights) and gthen where they going to put us all - the prison system has only room for about 2 more people currently!

Monkey Do

#1 Internet Toughguy
Anyone listen to Radio 4 this morning? Basically it seems that the governments plan goes something like this:

Get the ID card bill pushed through

Then find out how much it's going to cost

If the LSE proves to be closer to the mark they will can it because the biometric passport thing which we (they) are already committed to pretty much does what they want from this scheme anyway (apart from the 20% of people who don't have a passport that is)
So, who's prepared to go to prison for refusing it? It's a serious question, because we already know the govt doesn't listen, and that as a consequence "legitimate" protest is useless.

Call me a coward if you like, but whilst I see this as vital, I have others to think about who would be devasted, and my own personal commitments and ambitions that I'd like to persue. Even a relatively short time in prison would screw it all royally.

What an indictment of the political process in the UK. The only way you'll be able to make a difference is by going to prison. Bloody hell....




comfortable middle class disco botherer
that could be the only way..but if everyone resists one can they do...why are our nations run by complete tits??

dave arc-i

at some point people will have to make a stand whether it be over this or some other even more serious issue when it comes along and with making a stand inevitably comes some sort of personal loss. is personal freedom worth a loss of personal liberty in pursuit of that freedom?


No. 1 Superguy..
Tony Blair is a complete c**t. But in polite society we say Twunt

I personally would not be prepared to go to i would lose my Job under the CRB system

I will move to the mountains in Austria, teach snowboarding and have a fucking life

Try and get me there..........not fucking likely

this might well lead to mass civil disobedience something that might finally make the goverment wake up and smell the coffee - what they going to do? bung EVERYBODY in prison after screwing up the court system by completely overloading it? or introduce detention without trial (contrary to human rights) and gthen where they going to put us all - the prison system has only room for about 2 more people currently!

good point there dave..........mind you theres always guantonomo bay
Sure, I'd refuse if I knew for certain that there were hundreds of thousands doing the same thing, but you know what people are like. They say they're going to support a cause, but when push comes to shove, they back out. I don't blame them for not being willing to go to prison, but I'm a bit peeved that they don't / won't stand by their guns.

In the meantime, I too am a member of OWOS, and yes, I do the usual writing letters thing, though I reckon it's just to relieve some of my frustration when I write to Tony Blair, and call him a war criminal. Funny how I never get even an acknowledgement when i do that...



dave arc-i

lets start a proper refusnik campaign then - united we stand, three up in a prison cell......... that sort of thing!

Rhino Plasti

Sailing the Brixton Seas
If you can quantify the population - You can control it.
If you can control the population - you can predict it.
If you can predict what the population will do, you can make money from it.
Too many people are starting to slip out of societies network, which the government cannot allow, else it will loose control.
ID Cards reduce YOU to a number. Thats what you become - digits in a computer - Zero identity - Maximum control.
What a nice bunch of assholes run this country for us.


Hard as Nails !
peace is war
freedom is slavery

I must say that Im rather dissapointed that these two slogans seem to be particuarly relevant for this conutry atm :Sad:


Pound Shop Alex Petridis
maybe one day you will? for a bit. it's going to get you someday, mark my words


No. 1 Superguy..
Just released on Radio 1.....cos i'm in the workshop, innit

Tony Blair feels that he can get public support for this scheme............................the price will be 239 quid

Not in my fucking lifetime...........i had my ID card when i served your tinpot goverment in the Army...i gave you the fucker back when i left now fuck off.

*sorry rant over smiley*


rocks, oars
^ I'd really rather not... and not cos of ID cards... but because... I love my hoodie :Smile3:

My hoodie and I are inseparable... and we object to Blair. My hoodie and I are working on a plan for world domination. This plan involves the shady covering of faces. It must be fostered in a face-shading-friendly country.

MickeyBlueiiis - that's insane, that would be more than AU$500. There's no way everyone could afford that. So many groups would be opposing this - who is supporting it?

OWOS website has a lot of good ideas and links... if/when this starts getting pushed in Aus I hope there's a similar resource for people to use :Smile3:

This is just scary - What information will be stored in the Register and on the Card?

resistance is useful.

dave arc-i

Kezpipa said:
thats insane, that would be more than AU$500. There's no way everyone could afford that.

thats if you take the 239.00 BUT the London School of economics reckon the worst case scenaio will see the card at 300.00gbp - and this is the card you will need to get welfare benefits - talk about disenfranchise the most disenfranchised - in real terms you are talking about 4 weeks complete income for a pensioner on state pension and no other income - bet they are all really pleased about going off and fighting for our "freedoms" now


2 can play this game.....

the govenrmant want to sell information about us to the private sector..........but i don't think they realise how many people would then be prepared to sell info about the government to the active(ist) sector......hehehe

everyone should TAKE ACTION NOW..........write to local MP's write to everyone you can, and we should organise protests asap because even if the government get the bill through and then realise it costs too much, they may will be able to bring in the compulsory ID cards anytime in the future when they can do it cheaper...