“Intelligent Person in Thinking Clearly Shocker!”
Well, yes. Once again, someone who has their head firmly on their shoulders makes a case against ID cards. The flaws in the idea behind ID cards can be easily pointed out – such as the fact that they wouldn’t have helped prevent any of the terrorist attacks so far – but they do need repeating.
I hope Lord Mackenzie is a “former government crime advisor” because of his rubbishness of his advice:
“Let’s look at the Soham murders. If Ian Huntley had had an identity card, would he have got the job at Soham school which allowed him to commit the murders? I think not.”
Of course not. Let’s not point out the flaws in the way Police handle data (if indeed there were any problems), let’s blame the lack of ID cards. After all, never mind what else they’ll have stamped on them, I’m sure they’ll have “Possibly a Potential Murderer” written nice and bold across them too.
I’m with the naysayers on this one. The scenarios where ID cards will be of any use are when every person has only one card, and they can be used as absolute proof of identity. But that’s just not going to happen, not now, not anytime, so you may as well work from the assumption that some people won’t have them, and many people will have fake ones. So what’s the point in having them at all?