Thursday, July 10, 2008

Labour’s insidious ID propaganda

It is just possible that the by-election caused by the resignation of David Davis has triggered something of a debate about New Labour’s erosion of our ancient rights and liberties. He has certainly sustained the issues in the national media throughout his campaign, and there is even evidence that the majority which were initially in support of 42 days detention without charge has been turned to a minority. Mr Davis appears to have changed minds.

Iain Dale refers to a Joseph Rowntree/ ICM poll which states that 61% of people now oppose detaining terrorist suspects for longer than 28 days. Prior to Mr Davis’ resignation and campaign, the 69% were said to support the Government’s view on 42 days. Mr Dale conludes: ‘This adds weight to the view that the more people hear about 42 days, the less they like it.’

Mr Dale also notes:

‘Even more interestingly, in the same poll 74% of people do not support the permanent retention of DNA for innocent people and suspects who are acquitted. David Davis has made clear his view that it is ridiculous that the government has one million innocent people on its database, yet leaves off serious criminals. It seems the public agrees.’

However, Cranmer has been sent a most revealing link to a government department which is designed to inculcate the nation’s most vulnerable hearts and minds with the thought that David Davis is wrong. Yes, New Labour has created a website called ‘My Life My ID’ aimed at children and teenagers ‘cos identity is really important, innit?’ It is interactive and purports to be ‘a site where 16-25's can have their say about identity issues in the UK’. No doubt the Government will be using the chat forum as a means of discovering young people’s concerns and producing ‘educational material’ to help them to think the right way.

The irony is that by calling it ‘My Life My ID’ the Government is guilty of deflecting young people from the real agenda. In the UK one’s identity is indeed individually owned, yet increasingly it is becoming a possession of the state, most notably through DNA data bases and ID cards.

It is for this reason that Cranmer supports David Davis, and sincerely wishes him well. Parliament badly needs men such as he.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clicked on the "Virtual Survey" link at the top of the 'My Life My ID' web page. Quite a concern that this research company is being (very well) paid from our taxes to investigate young people's opinions when they do spooky things like this:

"...Thus the respondent surfs a website from their own home/office whilst we view their PC screen from our office..."

10 July 2008 at 12:40  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

i agree with your analysis your grace , easier to pull the wool over the eyes of those that know no better.

re previous thread , you state that there is a bridge being traditionalists and liberals , this is news to me . am i now right in thinking that i have missed some earlier synod document "the liberal road is paved with good intentions" .

has any basis being offered for going liberal ??

the iranian edition of the koran must have a chapter written by the great muslim scholar of rocket science Von Brow

10 July 2008 at 14:57  
Anonymous Stonemason said...

I think our youth have more wisdom than we attribute to them, reading the comments left at "My Life My ID" that is, though It might be thought some of commentators are greater than 16 years of age, methinks I see a pattern of senior objectors therein.

No matter, let the people speak, there will be little support once the social networking sites get wind of this ill-fated alliance, I wonder which MPs are linked to "Virtual Surveys Limited"?

10 July 2008 at 15:37  
Anonymous wrinkled weasel said...

The telegraph is running a "50 most influential Anglicans" list. Why isn't His Grace on it. Or is he????

10 July 2008 at 17:09  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

All organisations have their share of the inefficient, the lazy, the incompetent and the corrupt, and are therefore prone to error. Mistakes will be and are made.

Each mistake in this area of security is a life ruined. Putting ID information into their hands is equivalent to giving a hacker the passwords to your bank balance. A compact disc looks so innocent, it's hard for anyone to appreciate that the personal information it contains can be a time bomb.

CDs containing personal data should be handled with the same care as the armed services handle explosives or the banks guard gold bullion.

The mantra that the innocent have nothing to fear has been shown to be a blatant lie, as the relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes can testify. And there were pictures of an innocent chap spreadeagled on Bournemouth Station the other day - another case of mistaken identity. Lucky he wasn't shot there and then.

10 July 2008 at 17:17  
Anonymous alberich said...

Two pernicious assumptions:

1. identity is just another item of bounty generously conferred (on tha kidz) by the State.

2. the individual exists by consent of the State rather than vice-versa.

11 July 2008 at 11:55  
Anonymous some english bloke said...

Bob Geldof " Why should I carry an ID card ? I own my identity, no-one else ".

15 July 2008 at 22:50  

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