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I do wonder when reading some of Edmunds comments, whether the concept of 'innocent until proven guilty' has any meaning for him at all.
Yes there are people in our society who commit terrible acts who must be identified and dealt with, but is it really necessary for every citizen of the country to effectively live in an open-air prison to achieve this end?
We are human beings who are supposed to be entitled to inalienable rights, which have only recently been enshrined in European law, and yet the simple right to exist, without requiring a 'license' is already under threat.
For all sorts of civil liberty implications, the Identity Card scheme is a bad one, but if these arguments fail to reach you, the sheer bloody-mindedness of this government, in its determination to squander billions of our money on a futile project should make you protest.
Its YOUR money they're wasting, wouldn't you rather either have the money in your pocket, or better schools, hospitals, even more police?
I used to feel a smug superiority when I heard about other countries whose citizens, (inmates?), had to carry identity papers with them at all times.
Alas, 'Britons never, never, never, shall be slaves', may cease to have any relevance in Tony's new world order.Jim Lewis, 15 лет назад.