South Thanet's Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman Laura Sandys has launched a petition against ID cards and calls for the Government to use the money to put more bobbies on the beat. Sign up to the petition here.
“ID cards could cost up to £20 billion to establish – with that sort of money we could have a policeman on the beat in every street in Britain,” said Laura. “At the same time as this Government is planning to spend billons on an ID card system, 189 Police Community Support Officers are being cut across Kent.”
“We will all have to go off to Dover – at our own expense - to get our fingerprints taken and then get charged £93 for a passport / ID package for the privilege”
“Never have we faced so much personal surveillance by a Government – and there is more on the way,” said Laura Sandys as she launched her petition against ID cards in South Thanet. Adding her support to David Cameron’s new campaign against Labour’s plans for ID, she is very concerned that Government’s increased use of technology will start to severely undermine our freedoms, and centralise information about every detail of our personal lives.
“We are moving into a world that spends more time monitoring the law-abiding citizen and less investment in catching criminals”. Said Laura. “ID cards; road pricing; centralised health records, all run on insecure and unstable computer systems, and are recipes for disaster.”
Campaigning against ID cards Laura highlights that the Labour Government plans for ID cards include:
• Every citizen will fingerprinted and interviewed, and forced to travel at their own expense to a regional centre. The nearest centre to Thanet is in Dover.
• Each person will have to pay at least £93 for a combined ID card and passport package.
• If the card is lost or stolen, the replacement fee will be at least £30. If you get married and change your name, you will have to pay for a new card as well.
“ID cards are a bad idea. They will do nothing to improve the safety of our citizens. They are not the answer to the threat of terrorism, to benefit fraud, illegal immigration, human trafficking or to identity theft. They are a waste of money, and a Conservative Government will abolish them.
“The Labour Government’s plans are to make ID Cards compulsory for everyone, and force people to pay to be fingerprinted by the State. Instead of these intrusive, expensive and ineffective ID Cards, the money should be spent on more worthwhile projects to cut crime - such as a dedicated UK Border Police, more prison spaces and increasing the number of residential drug rehabilitation places.”
Ed: I realise this is a bit of a "party political" but given the last couple of posts on crime and immigration, I'd be interested to know whether public opinion leans towards the Conservative or Labour view on such matters and how they are best tackled.
Me, I'm against ID Cards because I know they can't work as promised, rather like "chip & pin" cards and will be cloned by criminals just as fast as they are manufactured at our expense by government. They aren't a silver bullet and will simply "prove" that honest people are who they say they are, while leaving a large question mark over the criminals who will buy them on the blackmarket and then use their "strong" identity validation to gain entitlement to a host of other benefits.