ID Cards Will Not Be Compulsory

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. 

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