ID Cards: Round II

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 27, 2005

Category: The War on Stupid

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BBC – ID cards set for Commons grilling: Ministers are facing more criticism over plans to introduce identity cards, the day before the bill is given its second reading in the Commons. According to the London School of Economics the scheme could cost 18bn – tripling government estimates of 6bn. Newspaper reports have alleged that information held on the cards will be sold to private companies. But immigration minister Tony McNulty insisted the reports were “complete and utter nonsense”.

The Scum Says: Unions are there to protect their members, not play politics. No one elected the heads of Unison or the TGWU to spout forth on national issues like ID cards. By leaning on union-affiliated Labour MPs, the Brothers hope to torpedo the Government’s policy. Don’t they want to stop fraud, terrorism, crime and benefits cheats? If they do, they must first stop abusing their power.

Bwahahahahahahaahahahahahaha! Funny, I don’t remember voting for Rebekah Wade or Rupert Murdoch, either. As for unions not being about politics… well, I’m sure Tom will have a clear view on that.

Meanwhile, in The Land Of The Narrow Margin…

Independent – Rebel MPs warned: toe line or lose your place in the sun: Whips seek to control dissident backbenchers by withholding all-expenses-paid official trips to exotic locations

UPDATE – It will be interesting to see how Tom votes after this feedback. Boris plans on sticking with his original ‘no’ (and, erm… attending the vote this time).

UPDATE – The Scum Says: Tony Blair insists that having an ID card and passport will cost no more than 100 pounds. This nails the claims of those who oppose the cards that they could cost as much as 300 pounds.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha! The claims are nailed because… Tony says so?

The Scum also take the time to repeat this vital message: How can fighting crime, fraud and terrorism be anything but good?


  1. Scaryduck says

    I’m hoping my MP will be less of a sheep now that he no longer represents a “marginal” seat.Chance of this happening = zero.

  2. Talk Politics says

    ID Cards: “function creep” already exists

    On November 15th 2004, The Children’s Bill 2004 received the Royal Assent and became the Children’s Act 2004, having passed its third reading in the House of Lords by a mere 12 votes.Reading what the DfES has to say about this Act it would seem ben…

  3. Make My Vote Count says

    A little round-up of randomness

    Starting with, a round-up of distinctly vaster proportions. That of Tim Worstall, and this humble blog’s first entry into his britblog bonanza. It’s resulted in many hits, so if I or anyone else happens to write anything not completely rubbish…

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