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Labour Wants To Test ID Cards On Longdendale Residents

July 25, 2009

ID card bad ideaGreater Manchester  it to be a ‘pilot’ area for the government’s unpopular ID card policy – this includes Longdendale. Labour had tried to force Greater Manchester to accept being a guinea pig for road pricing, with an elaborate congestion charging system. This was rejected emphatically by residents in a referendum in which your local Conservatives campaigned for the successful ‘NO’ vote. Now our challenge is to to reject another unpopular Labour policy. It is widely believed by the public that the government sees Greater Manchester as safe Labour territory, and therefore a safe area to test policy that is generally unpopular in the country as a whole.

ID Cards – Labour’s Bad IDea

Labour’s plan to introduce ID cards will cost billions of pounds but will not make us safer and could expose the public to an even greater risk of identity fraud.

ID cards are a very bad IDea – and you can call on the Government to scrap them by signing our petition today.

ID cards will not make us safer:

  • They do not prevent terrorist attacks – ID cards are compulsory in Spain, but that did not stop the Madrid bombings in 2004
  • They will not prevent illegal immigration, as foreign visitors will not have to have an ID card unless they plan to stay for more than three months
  • They won’t prevent human trafficking – only a dedicated Border Police Force can enforce proper checks on people entering and leaving the country

ID cards are a waste of money:

  • Everybody will have to pay £93 to get one – this is the official estimated price for a combined ID card and passport package
  • Implementing the scheme will cost up to £20 billion of taxpayers’ money, according to estimates from the London School of Economics

A recipe for disaster:

We’ve had data loss after data loss from this incompetent Government.

  • The personal details of 25 million individuals, and the bank details of 15 million people, were lost by HM Revenue and Customs
  • The DVLA lost the details of 3 million learner drivers
  • The names, addresses and expected release dates of every prisoner in England and Wales were on an unencrypted memory stick that went missing

The introduction of ID cards will see almost 30 separate pieces of personal information about you – including your name, date of birth, previous addresses, photograph, signature, fingerprints and other biometric details – stored in one place.

The potential for another data loss disaster is huge – and that is why it’s vital that everyone who is opposed to ID cards joins our campaign today.

We will scrap the ID cards scheme, and use some of the savings to build more prison places, provide more drug rehabilitation for those in custody and create a dedicated Border Police Force


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