I'd have signed up.
If I'd heard about it.
The government's ID card pilot scheme in Manchester has failed to capture the North West's imagination with just 2,000 volunteers coming forward to date. Manchester, with a population of just under half a million, has been picked for the first public rollout of the scheme. Ministers apparently believe that its comparatively …
Expect to see more sweet, soothing, read horribly manipulative propaganda, like that darling climate change one doing the rounds at the moment. Perhaps it will involve a wide-eyed child being told a bedtime story about a plain full of puppies or a train station in kitten town, that get blown to pieces because the gown-ups didn't all go out an get ID cards.
If you need me, I'll be in the angry dome.
I'm not entirely surprised (trying for understatement) that the people of Manchester aren't that keen, turkeys voting for Christmas comes to mind. I wonder how many out of that 2000 only volunteered so they could get early examples and find out how to forge/clone them with an eye to future crime?
While the City of Manchester does only have about 470000 people, the scheme is for the county of Greater Manchester, which has about 2.5 million people.
So if 2000 people wanted it, that's still less than 0.0001% penetration.
I'm not one of the 2000. Pedantry because, well I was being pedantic.
Would be interesting to see a breakdown of who has signed up freely...... and their jobs, that figure is so low .
I am going to assume its a few greater manchester councillors and people at the tax office.
on the bright side they arent getting over run and need more staff.
This weekend, NO2ID held a big public meeting and set of street stalls around Manchester city centre. Read more at http://themule.info/article/no2id-hold-day-of-action-in-manchester or watch the video at http://www.g7uk.com/photo-video-blog/20091017-giant-id-card-is-burnt-in-front-of-manchester-town-hall-video.shtml
Incidentally, it's misleading to call this a trial - it's just the first phase of a national rollout. Lord Brett made that clear at http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1133625_lord_brett_id_card_web_chat
'If the government made a real effort to let the populace know that the scheme was coming down the pipe, it's just possible that even more people would decide it was an issue worth flexing their electoral vote on.'
Too true. I'm sure the gov are more thah happy to just let ID cards drip their way into the consciousness of the population in order that they don't wake the sleeping bear that is anyone with a drop of common sense.
Turn around in 10 years time and people will be wondering why you don't have one.
I'm not convinced that any change of government will halt this. After all it's the security services (a misnomer if ever i heard one) and the police that instigated this and who votes them out?
@ AC: 10:49 GMT
"Worrying. How does one find 2,000 folk volunteering to have their fingerprints taken and filed; like a criminal ? Or maybe they were 2,000 who knew the police already had them anyway?"
- MIsunderstands the process, as the IPS wants you to do. These are NOT volunteers to be fingerprinted, let alone to be recorded on the National Identity Register for life, which would be the consequence if they were actually to apply.
They are people who for one reason or another have filled their contact details in here:
There's no reason to suppose that at the time of doing so they knew anything much about the scheme. Nor is there any reason to suppose many of them will apply when they receive the forms. They are sales-leads, no more. And fairly weak ones at that. They have not even signed up to a statement that says: "I want an ID card, please tell me when I can apply."
At a minimum £232 pounds each for sales leads in Manchester (more in fact, since the other 8,000 show some would have registered anyway) perhaps we taxpayers should be grateful the IPS marketing campaign has yet to take off.
Huge database? Well, that's better than having a police database, a separate medical one, a separate council one, a bank's one, a DVLA one, etc.
I vote ID cards purely because this is a chance to have all my stuff in 1 place. Everyone moans about security.. well is it any more secure now? Didn't think so.
The passport used to be £18 before NuLabour came to power, now it's £77, with FastTrack/Urgent now charged for at an extra £35.
It seems to me they priced up the passport through the room to make the ID card an affordable passport that people think will be usable in the EU.
"I vote ID cards purely because this is a chance to have all my stuff in 1 place. Everyone moans about security.. well is it any more secure now? Didn't think so."
Oh dear, all your stuff in one place. You really think this will replace the driving licence, NHS records, criminal records (not that I am suggesting you have one), nope, this wil just be ANOTHER massive database to go along with all the other databases. It wont be any more secure, it wont stop civil servants walking off on Friday afternoon with a pen drive full of stuff to be lost on the train journey home. It wont replace your passport.
It is a big waste of money!
>>> Huge database? Well, that's better than having a police database, a separate medical one, a separate council one, a bank's one, a DVLA one, etc.
Is it fuck. You don't have one key which opens every lock in your house, car and office. do you?
Now suppose our Home Office overlords could build and operate this uber database. Yes, this is of course utter fantasy... What happens when they lose your details or leave them on a train? Besides, if these databases are compartmentalised, the damage from loss of access is limited. If the bank's systems go down, you wouldn't get cash out an ATM. But that wouldn't stop you entering the country. Or getting medical treatment.
"While the City of Manchester does only have about 470000 people, the scheme is for the county of Greater Manchester, which has about 2.5 million people.
So if 2000 people wanted it, that's still less than 0.0001% penetration."
Hmm, seems like we where having a little siesta while the maths teacher was explaining percentages at school.
2000 / 2,500,000 = 0.0008 = 0.08% (Clue: percent means "per hundred")
And you seriously trust the Government to be able to manage and maintain perhaps the biggest database of its type ever attempted? On their track record? And not have serious security breaches or incorrect details on your record?
I am speechless... you are either a government lacky that's bought their crap hook line and sinker, or you really don't get what the database means and what little comeback you will get once on it.
I was watching an old film at the weekend. It was only made in 1993 and it described a surveillance state as, "This fascist crap makes me want to puke". Oh how views have changed since the 1990s era of such freedom and liberty ... but it hasn't changed and that's the point. Its still fascist crap, its just the close minded, arrogant, machiavellian, control freak, Narcissistic politicians who refuse to see it as bad. They are doing everything they can to placate and distract the masses from seeing these ID cards as so wrong. That's why they are bring ID cards in slowly now, as they know if they bring them in fast, there would be millions angry and it would seriously risk massive protests against the cards. So time for them to to use divide and conquer, so only small groups can stand against them. Each new group that gets the cards, they know will allow for only a few quite protests which the media will hardly see and take notice of and even then if there were big protests the politicians PR people have got so good at distracting the media away from protests that most people won't get to hear about it. Thats why any protest needs to bypass conventional media channels like news papers, they are now to easy to distract away from covering protests in detail.
“machiavellian : being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli's The Prince (written 1513), in which political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described.” ... yet nearly 500 years after this work was written, we have these same kind of deceitful Narcissistic, cunning ruthless control freaks in power, trying to clamp down on us and control us and its getting ever worse.
These bloody ID cards are just part of the growing police state and it sickens me that they are using divide and conquer tactics, so the solution to this is why we need a centralized means to protest against them, to unify people against the control freaks. What we need is for a specially created web site or blog to act as a centralized record of videos showing people destroying their ID cards in interesting ways. (In effect a Video petition idea). Get people to compete for interesting ways to destroy their cards. The more people who publicly destroy their cards, the more other people who will also stand up and follow suit. Plus use emails to spread the word to many people and sites like twitter to spread the protests, bypass traditional media like newspapers. This growing Police State is not the England I grew up in. This Fascist crap has got to be opposed and stopped.
At least if you have lots of bits of details on lots of smaller databases they're going to have to have lots of goes at losing/selling/deleting it before everything about you is in the public domain.
Lucky old you - with being on your one big database you can rest assured that the whole thing will have been downloaded onto a big new pendrive and left on a train before the bits have dried...
If that young David Cameron does take over at number 10 next year and scraps ID cards, will those ID cards that have been issued become null and void or still have legal tender as an ID document? If they do indeed become an ineligable document, it may possibly go down in history as the world's most expensive novelty ID card that has ever been made.
Still, all may not be lost as their rarity value in future years may make them valuable collector's pieces commanding, who knows, perhaps many times their original purchase price. Although I have been an outspoken critic of National ID cards for many years, I think I might at long last, be beginnig to see one possible reason to actually own one!
Lets get this straight...
1. Birth certificates
3. Drivers licenses + registration plates
4. A periodic census
6. National Insurance numbers
What exactly possessed labour to believe a national ID scheme - yet another form of ID - would thwart would-be criminals and terrorists?
The only logical thing I can conclude from this thought process is scary.
Imagine a scenario in the not-too-distant-future - you get stopped by police and asked for your national ID and can't produce it... by this stage, a national ID is required by law. It's now also law that you have to produce it on request, if not, it's a trip down the station for you. Think that's a crazy idea? Turn to your history books folks, it's happened before!
On a slightly less scary note, police could quickly check online to see if you've been issued an ID card and retrieve all your details right there and then, just as they can from your license plate.
The difference here is that your just walking along minding your own business.
Fortunately, public sentiment is soundly in the camp of common sense and this ID scheme is more than likely to be dropped when labour get the boot.
So, assuming the government actually succeeds and manages to get down to a single database. As soon as a fraudster gets hold of your identity and gets themselves an ID card issued on it, you will have no way to reclaim your identity. You won't be able to say, here is my driving license, or passport, or birth certificate, or some utility bills, because all of them will disagree with the uber database.
Hopefully the National Id Card would solve a little identity problem facing me. I've been a customer with the Nat West Bank for 40 years. They won't give me an on-line account unless I go to a Branch with my passport to prove who am I.
Ironically it was my Nat West Bank Manager who signed my UK passport application photo's 15 years ago.
Maybe I should have one of those National Id Cards to prove who I am, if I can get the bank to certify ....
At least having different data on different databases makes it more difficult for a security breach for a complete picture of your life to be built up. I know that the Civil Service and Government are incompetent but it is not as easy to put together all the information if there are multiple databases.
This is hammered home by the publication today on Wikileaks of the BNP member database, where name, address, dob telephone numbers and in some cases membership type (student, unemployed, working or retired) were listed. Now put all of that in a database together with every other piece of information that the Government has on you and if you aren't afraid you either need to get back in touch with reality or stop working for the Home Office.