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Davis_formal_2David Davis has led Tory opposition to Labour’s ID cards bill.  Here are some of the main points from his Commons speech…

THE GOVERNMENT’S SUGGESTION THAT ID CARDS ARE VOLUNTARY

Referring to the provision that would make ID cards obligatory on renewal of a passport…

"Not if your work takes you abroad, they aren’t [voluntary].  Not if your parents live abroad, or your spouse or partner is from abroad, they aren’t.  Not if your children travel abroad and get sick or into trouble, they aren’t.  And it is a novel interpretation of voluntary that the price of a foreign holiday is a requirement to be put on the National Identity Register."


GOVERNMENT ABUSE OF DATA IT HOLDS

"Now, after the way this government treated Martin Sixsmith, Pam Warren, Rose Addis and others, seeking information about them and using it to destroy their reputations, I would not trust them with data about my life."

"THE PLASTIC POLL TAX"

"Even on the government’s figures, the price of passports for a family of four will go from £134 today to £372.  On the LSE’s figures, the cost could be as high as £300, per person, or more than £1,000 for a family of four.  A plastic poll tax that no one will volunteer to pay."

GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE

"Even simple databases are beyond the Home Office, such as the firearms register which they were asked to set up 8 years ago which is still not operational.  If they are incapable of setting up a firearms register in eight years, why should we imagine that they are capable of setting up the register required under this Bill in an acceptable and workable way?"

THE FACT THAT THE ID CARDS DATABASE WILL HAVE 20,000 ACCESS POINTS

"Microsoft’s national technology officer has said that a central identity database could worsen the very problems it was intended to prevent, such as terrorism and identity theft.  He said that “ministers should not be building systems that allow hackers to mine information so easily.”

ID CARDS ARE CONSISTENT WITH OTHER ATTEMPTS TO RESTRICT BRITISH CIVIL LIBERTIES

"The way the government has gone about trying to deliver this Bill is of a piece with so much of what they have done to then hard-won rights of British people.  The gradual erosion of jury trial.  The attempt to criminalise free speech.  Stopping some people making peaceful protests, while ignoring others inciting violence.  Locking people up for months without charge or trial.  The increasing retention of more and more data on innocent people – even DNA samples of innocent children."

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