Labour’s identity theft
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?