Who doesn't have ID? You need ID to…
That's a very good point: they have pretty much gradually snuck in ID cards by the back door, haven't they?
Not that I have an objection to ID cards per se, it's the whole behind the scenes ball of squirming worms collection of interlinked databases that is the much more worrying aspect (and, as this article only too well shows, often poorly secured databases at that).
The whole aspect of having to show ID to "get a job, claim benefits [OK, I guess that one is reasonable], rent a property, buy a property, stay in a hotel, open a bank account, register your child at a school" is very creepily big-brothery and seems very un-British (that's if we do still stand for anything good in the world any more?), but I grudgingly suppose it is the flip side of ensuring that only people with a legal right to be in the country can access services, although I'm not sure if I am entirely comfortable with that?
Do hotels really require people to show ID now? That seems excessive - I thought they just needed to secure payment card details so that guests couldn't do a runner?
Similarly, for registration at school seems rather creepy.
Bank accounts: I haven't opened a bank account in-person for many years, and I thought that, when applying online, checking you were on the electoral register (ah, oops) was their main check - and that the electoral register was just done on trust by you filling in the form, or do the electoral registration systems (and, in turn, the bank systems) also double-check with the passport and driving licence systems behind the scenes, to check that you actually live where you filled in the form for?
With all these things I fear that, one of these days, we're going to end up in the situation where you go to buy a pair of scissors in a shop and you can't open the sealed packaging because you don't already have a pair of scissors to cut it open…