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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday, 7 April 2004

ID Cards: legislate in haste, repent at leisure ... sigh

Our Home Secretary, David Blunkett, has now told BBC Radio5 Live that legislative proposals for ID cards will be published within four weeks.

Whilst it is clear that the security situation in this country does need strengthening, it is not at all clear to me that these proposals are not simply a knee-jerk reaction to our current difficulties, and which acquiesces in something the Police have wanted, pretty blatantly, to introduce for many years in the face of overwhelming public opposition. If this policy succeeds, together with many of the other anti-democratic proposals of this particular Home Secretary, it will mean a fundamental change to the nature of British society and give the 'State' far too much scope to interfere in the lives of mostly honest citizens. In effect we will have capitulated to the theocratic terrorists who threaten us, by transforming ourselves into the kind of authoritarian society I suspect they would, in other circumstances, be much more comfortable with.

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