Monday, September 29, 2008

Labour’s identity theft

Cranmer is expecting one firm policy commitment to emanate from the Conservative Party Conference this week, and that will be Dominic Grieve’s announcement that the next Conservative Government will abandon all plans for a national identity card scheme. Labour intends that all immigrants to the UK will eventually possess a biometric ID card (and Cranmer has no problem with that), but they also intend issuing such cards to all UK residents - at a cost of anywhere between 5 and 25 billion pounds (pick a number).

As the card design was unveiled by the Home Secretary last week, Cranmer was struck by the preponderance of EU symbolism and imagery upon it. There is a picture of a bull (of which the Government seems to be full) above golden stars, and the coloured background is made up of hundreds of tiny letters spelling 'EU'. The bull is drawn from Greek mythology, and is the beast upon which Europa rides.

Although it is presently denied, eventually all people will be obliged to present their cards for scanning when requested to do so. It will not only be the police, for the right to request proof of identity will inevitably be extended to council jobsworths, parking wardens, the litter police, the dog mess patrols and all the other sundry monitors and spies who persecute the innocent.

And these scanners will also need to be installed in every hospital, clinic, GP surgery, dentist, town hall, school, etc., etc. For there is no point having an identity card if those who provide the services do not have the means of authenticating the ID.

From 2010, the Government will ‘encourage’ all UK citizens to apply for a card ‘on a voluntary basis’.

How precisely will they be ‘encouraged’? Why would one ever ‘volunteer’ for such a thing?

Yet these cards are supposed to prevent terrorism and decrease all manner of other crimes. But they are certainly not likely to stop the likes of Mohamed Atta and his ilk, for Islamist terrorists do not seek to conceal their identity; indeed, they are proud of their martyrdom and seek to glorify their names.

But Not-So-New Labour is sure the cards will deter murderers and burglars. So when someone approaches you with a knife, be sure to ask him for his card first. And when you find a burglar in your home, instead of hitting him with a club or shooting him (and thus breaching his human rights), you simply ask to see his ID card.

Identity cards do nothing to protect the citizen against the criminal, but everything to permit the government to control the population. Socialism is all about control, and this initiative has its roots firmly in the continental Social-Democrat tradition of statehood. There are tens of millions of people in the UK who have driving licences which contain the same basic information as ID Cards and these can and often are used in many everyday situations. And then millions of others have passports, NI cards, student identity cards – all of which are acceptable as a means of official identification.

And if these are flawed, the addition of yet another card will be no remedy. The only absolutely secure way of identifying people is to insert a microchip. Cranmer suggests the forehead or the right hand to facilitate scanning. And then every time you walk down the street you could be recorded, late for work, entering a shop, going on a bus. Crime would disappear overnight, and credit card fraud would be eradicated, for one would only be able to buy and sell if one had been chipped.

But Cranmer has a question for the Home Secretary:

How precisely does one qualify for an ID card? Will not individuals have to provide some form of identification to prove who they are, and will not that be deemed sufficient evidence for the issuing of the card?


Blogger El Fouche said...

Ah Archbishop, in this post you have elegantly highlighted all the flaws in the ID card scheme, its pitfalls, and overall danger.

Sadly, you have not highlighted how the government's justifications for this waste of public money have changed every few months when mounting evidence shows that their last reason was not valid.

It is, ultimately about social control - they just can never admit this

29 September 2008 at 08:46  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Any 'secure" system is only as strong as its weakest link and Your Grace" has put his finger on the problem.

It reflects the sentiments of a letter in the Law Society Gazette some years ago where a conveyancing Solicitor was bemoaning the fact that Government micro-management by tick box required him to insist on seeing identification from a client buying a property to ostensibly prevent money laundering. A passport would suffice, and yet his certification of knowledge of the client's identity was sufficient to obtain that very passport in the first place.

More seriously, it is not difficult to imagine an Islamic terrorist having the intellect and dedication to secure the professional qualification to then enable him/her to literally "passport" any number of malevolent associates through the identification system

29 September 2008 at 09:22  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

Perhaps the greatest danger of an ID card scheme is the sense of complacency it might create amongst those who are meant to protect us.

When the first terrorist is caught, carrying a fake ID card, the entire scheme will be proven to be useless, other than as a means of controlling the innocent.

29 September 2008 at 09:29  
Anonymous just passin' thru said...

"The only absolutely secure way of identifying people is to insert a microchip..."

Or a tattoo - also known as a 'barcode' within the constabulary.

29 September 2008 at 09:30  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...

I've said this elsewhere, and I'll say it again here ...

I'm sure I will one day register for their ID card, and to go onto the NIR and database.

But not until after the hole in my bum heals up.

29 September 2008 at 09:37  
Blogger mongoose said...

Sir Henry,

Indeed. You have my word on it here and now - I will never apply for nor carry an ID card. And why, YG, is it OK that immigrants be required to have them? Arguably, I am an immigrant - or my father was - am I somehow not to be trusted as ordinary folk? Does the faulty system somehow have some validity when it comes to the herding of lesser mortals?

29 September 2008 at 09:58  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Every four years we get to choose a bunch of people who will be granted a license to requisition large amounts of money off us and then dream up ingenious ways to complicate our lives for the better good (better good of say skint black people in Tower Hamlets for example) of ALL in society, making sure that nobody is excluded from their overtly philanthropic ambitions.
Each individual is chosen at a local level by the highly intelligent community. Leaflets are posted through each door outlining the nature of the candidate's high moral stature and philanthropic intentions to sacrifice him/her self for the better of ALL. We of course have no reason to suspect that their motives would be in any way based on pure selfish ambition, which could lead to them agreeing to absolutely any old bloody thing so long as the gravy is flowing at highly exuberant rates.
And thus we have in place a faultless and rock solid process to ensure that we will be represented at all levels by this bunch of people who only have our best interests at heart, and in no way have any hidden agendas, where each one can vote on his or her conscience in the highly democratic process.


29 September 2008 at 10:28  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Why a bull, why not a British Lion and Unicorn or Bull Dog - Bull (Taurus) worship was widespread in the ancient world of mythology. It is the subject of various cultural and religious incarnations, as well as modern mentions in new age cultures, in short its a pagan symbol and not forgetting its symbolism in financial markets that are currently so stable. See here and here for the consequences of social engineering.

29 September 2008 at 10:29  
Blogger Dark_Heretic said...

Your Grace,

A well put together piece on the unwanted ID card being foisted upon us by the EU. What your piece doesn't mention is that it will become compulsory for all to carry one after a certain date. I am sure that fines or even jail time will be the penalty for not complying.

I for one will not be carrying one even if it means going to jail. Hopefully as you say the Tories will announce that they'll scrap it as they know that Government cannot be trusted to keep data.

29 September 2008 at 11:17  
Blogger McKenzie said...

I keep seeing that image of Jacqui Smith sneering at me with her Bram Stoker teeth, pushing the ID card out of the frame like some holographic blood-sucking vampire.

"What sweet music they make"

29 September 2008 at 11:25  
Blogger Dave said...

Hasn't been reported already that some US citizens have already volunteered to be chipped?

Is microchipping the modern equivalent of Nazi tattooing? Or the mark of the Beast?

Curse the EU. Curse all those who sold us into EUslavery.

29 September 2008 at 11:27  
Blogger Old Holborn said...

If they are going to force me to carry one, then I intend to carry ten.

Names so far:

Duncan Disorderly
Tom Bowler
Bert Puttocks
Jacques Oeuf
Mike Hunt
Betty Swollocks
Mary Hinge
Patty O'Furniture
Olly Garchy
Mustafa Copate

Of course, the necessary documentation to prove I am who I say I am is freely available via photoshop and the Nigerian who runs the mobile unlocking stand at Walthamstow market.

29 September 2008 at 12:55  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Day off today so watching news and blogging people's nerves.

In recent days the world has taken a step toward fulfillment of the system described in Revelation 13:16, 17: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Also the 700bn dollar bail out (buy in :-)) is having little effect on the plummeting markets. But I guess that without the aid of a 'Golden Parachute', like a trapeze artist without a safety net, the markets will have a noticeable effect on audience participation.

Am I enjoying this? Well on £5.90 an hour it does have a sweet smell of justice to it when I hear about 900,000 shareholders having their shares wiped out. Not a very Christian attitude is it? Or is it?

29 September 2008 at 13:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Crime would disappear overnight, and credit card fraud would be eradicated, for one would only be able to buy and sell if one had been chipped."

Did you have in mind Revelation 13:16-17?

"16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

Ray Griffin, Coventry.

29 September 2008 at 13:27  
Blogger McKenzie said...

We have made a large golden idol out of our wealth and lifestyle.

None of us want to see this country and its people dragged through a recession or, far worse, a depression. The human cost of people loosing savings and jobs and suffering dislocation would be very unsettling. We sometimes forget about how these large problems impact families. Social upheaval tears at the fabric of society.

My thoughts and prayers are for this nation to repent and come to understand the real cause of these problems. God said through Ezekiel, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?” God lists the sins of idolatry and Sabbath breaking at the heart of the problems with Israel, both ancient and modern.

29 September 2008 at 13:42  
Blogger McKenzie said...

However! ID cards and Wall Street pale into insignificance compared to the real 'Problem From Hell'

Greg Sheridan of The Australian writes this weekend about a larger problem than Wall Street-the Iranian nuclear threat. He gives a preview of a report on the Middle East to come out from The American Enterprise Institute later this week. Here are some excerpts:

The report is sobering and in some ways shocking reading. It begins badly: “A nuclear weapons capable Islamic Republic of Iran is
strategically untenable.”

It points to the disastrous consequences of an Iran with nuclear weapons: “Iran’s nuclear development may pose the most significant strategic threat to the US during the next administration.

“A nuclear ready or nuclear-armed Islamic Republic ruled by the clerical regime could threaten the Persian Gulf region and its vast energy resources, spark nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East, inject additional volatility into global energy markets, embolden extremists in the region and destabilize states such as Saudi Arabia and others in the region, provide nuclear technology to other radical regimes and terrorists (although Iran might hesitate to share traceable nuclear technology), and seek to make good on its threats to eradicate Israel. “The threat posed by the Islamic Republic is not only direct Iranian action but also aggression committed by proxy. Iran remains the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism, proving its reach from Buenos Aires to Baghdad.”

This report appears to be a must read document of the present situation with Iran. The next president will have to confront this problem because it appears the Bush administration will punt.

Israeli intelligence believes Tehran will have a nuclear device by the end of 2009. American intelligence puts the date between 2010 and 2015. Presently Iran could deliver a bomb anywhere in Europe. Interestingly, most of Europe, including Russia and China feel the world should learn to live with a nuclear-armed Iran. With a bomb Iran could easily load one onto a ship, drive it closer to the United States and easily lob it onto [our] shores.

Israel will not stand by. A couple of well placed bombs could wipe out their population. But their options could run out the closer Iran gets to full development of a weapon. Israel’s enemies are growing bolder and world opinion is changing. Nations could opt for a “peace” to maintain global security.

Many experts are saying Israel will have no option but to attack Iran with several days of air strikes to effectively knock out the nuclear program. Iran will respond with rocket attacks on Israel. If this happens it will be very nasty throughout the region.

Reports say that President Bush decided against attacking Iran because the cost would be too high. Iran would undoubtedly launch its troops against American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan tilting the balance and resulting in massive casualties. A few Iranian missiles could send oil tankers to the bottom of the Straits of Hormuz and close down all oil exports from the Persian Gulf. Gas prices in America would spike to more than $10 per barrel, sending the nation into a depression. It would be a high price to pay.

But all this could happen if Israel attacks Iran on its own. America is seen as the “Great Satan” supporter of Israel and would be attacked by extremist elements. It is a no-win situation. Barring a diplomatic solution we could see fireworks in the region in the coming months.

29 September 2008 at 14:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel asked US for green light to bomb nuclear sites in Iran

US president told Israeli prime minister he would not back attack on Iran, senior European diplomatic sources tell Guardian

29 September 2008 at 15:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Brother is indeed fast descending upon us. Why is it do you think that Gordon Brown wishes free Internet2 to be installed in houses across the nation, because he is a nice bloke maybe?

Yes, Internet2

29 September 2008 at 15:10  
Anonymous dilys said...

How does the state protect the citizen from the criminal without control?

29 September 2008 at 15:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Good question. One which Jesus will have to address on His Second Coming. Or maybe we will all be supernaturally transformed into a higher understanding and the criminal mind will be assimilated into the collective noble consciousness. A Brave New World!?!

29 September 2008 at 15:36  
Anonymous coffee said...

Elementary dear Watson!!

No seriously though, when Sherlock Holmes solved his mysteries he would always consider motives. Well, who is it that stands to gain from all this debt?
The Federal Reserve, completely out of reach of the voter, and in complete control of the nation's finance which in turn means control of policy.

29 September 2008 at 18:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free


29 September 2008 at 18:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If the American people ever allow the banks to control the issuance of their currency...the banks and corporations which will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property, until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

-Thomas Jefferson

29 September 2008 at 18:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or by consent."

-Paul Warburg
Council on Foreign Relations
and architect of the Federal Reserve System in an address to the US Senate 2/17/1950.

29 September 2008 at 18:40  
Blogger Jenny said...

I can't work an MP3 player, but then I'm not criminally insane. I'd be just the sort of dizzy thing to leave the card at home. Mine wouldn't ever scan (I've never had a debit card whose chip worked for more than two weeks), and I'm just scared enough of authority to look guilty when it didn't. But you can bet your boots that anyone who needed to prove he was someone else would have worked out how to forge the card and the chip, and it'd work, and he'd have it with him. So, Dilys, how does the state protect the citizen from the criminal when innocent people are locked up and serious criminals are on the loose? No, control of crime starts with knowing thine enemy - something NuLab obviously don't, or they wouldn't be thinking that ID cards are the answer.

29 September 2008 at 19:21  
Blogger mongoose said...

Ok, let's just for argument's sake accept all the waffle about why we need an ID card system. Right then, doesn't any card system depend on the validity and safety of the database underpinning it? Then given the examples of data loss that we see almost every week, what are the chances of the government being able to protect and maintain this system without screwing it up? And what are the consequences of having an all-encompassing system and then it not being secure? Shall we go there? I say let's not.

29 September 2008 at 19:38  
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29 September 2008 at 19:48  
Anonymous planta Genet said...

hear hear cranmer,bloody good posting.oh and my regrets about the relatives and all that 21st stuff.keep up the good work

29 September 2008 at 20:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Acts 13:16 (New International Version)

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: Men of Israel and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me!

29 September 2008 at 21:01  
Anonymous Dissenter said...

Refuse the 666 chip

29 September 2008 at 21:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be changing my name to Null Void


29 September 2008 at 22:14  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

I will never carry one ever. If we all do this it will never work.

Power to the People

29 September 2008 at 23:13  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Immigrants?The sample card is that of a foreign student.Foreign students don't have to come to the UK.They can go to Canada,New Zealand, etc.
There was a big drop in the number of foreign students in the US after all the 9/11 restrictions.

30 September 2008 at 04:34  
Blogger Holy Smoke said...

ID cards how passe! The government already knows who you are. Every time you have a blood test they have your DNA record. So when you are born they will take a blood sample. When they want to id you all they need is some hair and they will be able to match you.

30 September 2008 at 07:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The card looks just like the residence permit I had to get when I lived in France for a few years- same colours etc.

2 October 2008 at 13:01  
Blogger Field Marshall Watkins said...

Embedded microchips to track cattle, I mean people? Especially using fear as the eternally useful dialetic? Never!

Not even in Mexico

Or even plans for it in Britain.

There would have to be companies that specialise in it. Verichip sounds like a good name... They would probably be owned by Digital Angel, which would probably be owned by IBM, which of course, made the computers that generated the barcodes for those unfortunate souls in WW2.

3 October 2008 at 14:00  

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