June 30, 2009
The Telegraph is reporting that Alan Johnson has announced that holding an ID card for Britons will be voluntary. This is a major climb down and a victory for all those such as David Davis MP who felt this policy was an infringement of our liberties and campaigned hard against its introduction.
We were told that ID cards were necessary to:
help protect people from identity fraud and theft
ensure that people are who they say they are
tackle illegal working and immigration abuse
disrupt the use of false and multiple identities by criminals and those involved in terrorist activity
ensure free public services are only used by those entitled to them
enable easier access to public services
(Home Office website)
Has the Government found another way of dealing with these concerns or is the real reason for
scrapping amending the scheme due to the state of the nations finances? Estimated costs of introducing ID cards were in the region of £5-15 billion – money that the Treasury simply hasn’t got.
June 30, 2009
The UK economy shrunk by 2.4% in the first quarter of this year which is the fastest rate of decline in over 50 years and is a damning indictment of the way the Government has managed the economy over the past 12 years.
All those comments by Gordon Brown that we were as a country better placed than others to weather the economic storm sound foolish to say the least. But what is even more worrying is the continued talk by Brown of trying to spend his way out of recession at a rate which will burden the country and taxpayers for decades to come. How will any future Government pay back a national debt to £1.4 trillion which is what we are likely to be left with if Gordon Brown has his way?