Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

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Charles Clarke confirms that ID cards will be a massive waste of both time and money – well, what else can he mean by guaranteeing that the personal details contained on ID cards won’t go beyond those currently held on passports? If we’ve already got passports holding that information (with which we can, erm… prove out identities), why, precisely, do we need ID cards as well?

An obvious point, I know – but I do so very much enjoy highlighting when our dear overlords start digging themselves yet more holes. There is, as far as I can tell, now no possible justification for this legislation. If Clarke is to be believed and the biometrics are dropped (hurrah!), then what, precisely, is the fucking point?

Update: Talk Politics has more considered analysis of why this latest wheeze “looks like a major concession but it isn’t”

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