Thursday, 18 June 2009

Sidebar Links (2)

In the first of two entries explaining why I have put certain links in the sidebar, I will set out my position against the government's determined efforts to introduce national ID cards and the database state which it will inevitably create.

The vast majority of people that I have spoken to about the proposed national ID card scheme are profoundly and resolutely against it's introduction. In fact, I don't know a single person who welcomes this measure in any way, shape or form. This would appear to contradict statements made by this Labour government who, in their efforts to force through this piece of legislation, maintain that the majority of people in the UK welcome their introduction. That's odd isn't it? In fact, the only time I see anyone singing the praises of ID cards is on the internet, where the most commonly rolled out justification for such support almost invariably goes along the lines of "if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear."

In a perfect world, with a perfect government operating a perfect IT solution, employing perfect people to administer, access and monitor the scheme, I might agree. However, we evidently do not enjoy such perfect conditions. Quite the opposite. Furthermore, even if we did live in such a perfect utopia, there are no guarantees that such conditions would persist. In ten years time we could all be labouring under a more openly fascist regime (and if you think that's impossible then I respectfully suggest that you are deluded).

So, here in a nutshell is my main objection to ID cards. The scheme could never be implemented in such a way that prevents it from being subject to gross mistakes and even *gasp* corruption and misuse, the effects and fallout of which would lead to disaster and turmoil in the lives of the unfortunate innocent people who fall victim to "the system". I refuse to accept that such people should be considered as "acceptable collateral damage" in this war on personal privacy.

I could leave it there really. As far as I'm concerned all other objections to the scheme are moot and redundant. Not that they are invalid, they simply become superfluous when the question of a just, fair and safe implementation of the scheme itself can not be adequately addressed.

I'll just round this entry up by saying that I've recently joined the newly founded NO2ID action group in Newport. We met for the first time on Monday (with the organiser providing a delicious bowl of lamb cawl) and the group should prove to be active and effective in bringing the concerns about the ID card scheme to the population in our area. We will be organising and utilising a travelling "stall" which will seek to raise public awareness of this issue while at the same time collecting signatures for the NO2ID petition. We plan to run our first "practise" stall in Newport's John Frost Square on Saturday 20th June and I'll let you know how that goes. The group has a great mix of members, skills, experience and enthusiasm including an experienced organiser, an IT professional, members of the public and local councillors from various parties.

Oh ... and also a certain rather outspoken anarchist.

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