Labour’s insidious ID propaganda
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.