Sneaking in an ID card

September 29, 2008 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

Well, the British are up to it again. This time IMHO, using the new Foreign National ID card as a cunning way to ultimately introduce the hated national ID card. Should you be a non-EU student or the spouse of a British citizen (termed a marriage visa holder), then you will be the happy recipient of an ID card from November. In other words, let’s be honest here: foreigners will be singled out and required to carry biometric identity cards. Here is the card:

Those wonderful people in the UK Border Agency and the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, have dreamed up the ID card that surely will remind many people of why they fled oppressive regimes. The card will contain personal details, fingerprints and a facial image, as you can see above. Of course, the official story from Smith is that the ID card will protect against identity fraud, illegal working and (the classic excuse) allow people to “easily and securely prove their identity”. Supposedly, non-EU students and spouses on a marriage or civil partnership visa are the most suspect lot when it comes to abusing immigration rules.

Really, how much more of a surveillance society can the UK turn itself into?  What with the high concentration of CCTV cameras per person, scary biometrics at their airports and now this biometric card aimed at non-EU nationals and spouses of British citizens – what is the UK saying?  That non-EU citizens are second class citizens? Or that spouses of British citizens are not welcome? What’s happened to freedom and respect of fundamental human rights in the UK?  Oh, sorry forgot: the UK doesn’t know what this is since they’ve turned themselves into the database, surveillance state!!!

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