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Shmoozed hack pens fairytale ID card defence

Angela Epstein, journalist at the Manchester Evening News and ID card cheerleader has today authored a typically desperate promotion of the ID card scheme after (in her own words) ‘a shmooze with home office minister Meg Hillier’. One can only imagine what such a meeting involved but if Hillier’s webcast is anything to go by, Ms Epstein must be very impressionable indeed.

Epstein ID card Epstein is one of 1,386 unusual individuals who have applied for the card - which is being trialled in Manchester (population 2,500,000) – and makes no effort to hide that she was ‘thrilled to be invited to be first in the queue’.

Her agonising attempt to put a mumsy feel to the benefits of the ID card scheme is wretched and her reasoning stretches no further than the standard defence that we have proven on several occasions is completely fatuous:

‘I personally can’t see what there is to lose if you’re a law abiding citizen with nothing to hide’

Time and time again Alan Johnson et al have tried to dupe the public with this feeble line but it misses the rotten principle. Everyone becomes a suspect and rather than being used as an investigative tool, a DNA database is the first port of call and ultimately it is the public who suffer.

‘But I genuinely felt proud and excited when I was finally handed my card. I loved seeing my name, face and the words British citizen on this tiny piece of plastic. That’s who I am, and why shouldn’t anyone know?’

Anyone who possesses a passport has their name on a slightly larger leather bound document but not many have a burning desire to band it around. One only has to cite the Jeremy Clarkson incident to highlight the importance of keeping your identity private.

The remainder of the article is just plain terrifying:

‘if it’s another weapon in the fight against identity fraud, illegal workers and terrorism, then that can only be for the good.’

Of course it can only be for the good. How could a titanic arsenal of surveillance possibly be a bad thing? Well there's the government's chronic record on data loss and data being stolen for a start. Or the problem of being fined if your information is found to be out of date.  

To conclude, Epstein seamlessly and quite bizarrely flows into Mills and Boon mode:

‘Slipping it into my purse and slinking off into the gloom of an icy winter afternoon, I felt like I was pocketing a piece of history.’

Here, it can safely be affirmed, ID cards are beyond the realms of sensuality, even for Angela. The sooner the Epsteins of this world wake up and smell the Victory Coffee the sooner we can attempt to regain our vanishing civil liberties.

By James Stannard

Posted on by Big Brother Watch Posted in ID cards

11 Responses to Shmoozed hack pens fairytale ID card defence

  1. tony

    Read the comments on the Manc Evening News article by this Angela person. Is she real?
    I particularly like the one that reminds her that she can never give the card back and that she is now legally bound to update her details if/when they change on pain of a fine and at some undisclosed cost.
    What a travesty of privacy rights.
    Mancs wake up!

  2. Shibby

    Ripped that one to shreds!

  3. Alex Deane

    The opening paragraph was (unintentionally, I think) fall-over funny:
    “I’M so proud I could almost burst I haven’t felt this good about cradling something small and pink since my daughter Sophie was born.”

  4. The Filthy Engineer

    ‘But I genuinely felt proud and excited when I was finally handed my card. I loved seeing my name, face and the words British citizen on this tiny piece of plastic. That’s who I am, and why shouldn’t anyone know?’
    Can I vomit now?

  5. Ross J Warren

    “‘Slipping it into my purse and slinking off into the gloom of an icy winter afternoon, I felt like I was pocketing a piece of history.’”
    Indeed the end of a British Constitutional tradition, that such cards are only issued in periods of pressing and persistent National Emergency. Historically these cards will hopefully be remembered only as a brief abomination, inflicted by an unpatriotically Stalinist administration in response to pressure from the US. The cost alone of these cards is never featured in Labours cries of “nothing to hide, nothing to fear”, no doubt it has never occurred to the Labour MP’s that the fee, is excessive and unaffordable to far to many people. Indeed History will I am certain be rather unkind to labour for many reasons all of them perfectly proper. This ill conceived and wrong headed ID card being chief on the list of Un-British policies enacted, by a strangely Un-British Government, in far to big a hurry to give everyone and everything away under pressure from other nations. The hack who wrote this drivel, can only be thanked for underlining yet again the failing of our press in tackling such poor governance.
    Frankly this little pink card has no place in the pocket of any patriot and on principle we should refuse to play along with this abuse of our Constituent rights.

  6. Dave

    You can quite clearly see the word “specimen” written diagonally across the card.
    A friend of mine is a field tester for a software company. His latest project is to visit Post offices up and down the country testing software for the new DVLA get your driving licence here scheme.
    All you do is go in the booth, have your photo taken, type in the on-line form and hey presto- your licence is delivered via the slot.
    Phase two will involve fingerprint readers.
    So it seems that the lucky sheeple need only visit their local Post Office to get their ID cards.

  7. Andrew Perrott

    I had the misfortune to hear this poor stupid dumb deluded hack on the radio the other day while I was driving. It’s lucky that I have a strong stomach, because I had nothing in which to vomit and, had I wound down the window to do so in Sandwell (I was in London as luck would have it), I would have been fined. Her only saving grace is that she makes Meg Hillier MP appear intelligent, which is no mean feat! The damage that idiots like Epstein, Hillier, Harperson, Blears and Flint havd done to the cause of women is incalculable . . .

  8. LeChiffre

    “I personally can’t see what there is to lose if you’re a law abiding citizen with nothing to hide” – Angela Epstein echoing countless others who fail to understand that for this Labour government and its Civil Service, a ‘law-abiding citizen’ is a contradiction in terms.

  9. Dano

    The opening paragraph was (unintentionally, I think) desperate and sad. I just feel sorry for her daughter Sophie and her other children; still I imagine that they are all under surveillance via ContactPoint so I don’t suppose there’s much to worry about and no doubt social services will intervene as effectively as ever …

  10. air yeezy

    If psychologically prepared, all preparations have been completed..

  11. chaussure de basket

    Live and let live.*

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