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November 16, 2006

ID Card Petition

Why not sign up for the petition at Tone's new site?

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to scrap the proposed introduction of ID cards

Be nice to get a million or two there, wouldn't it?

(Note, as I'm not resident in the UK or a Crown Territory, it won't accept my signature. Sorry.)

Francis has a story from the future of how it will go if we don't get rid of them.

November 16, 2006 in Politics | Permalink


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Tim Worstall has found an excellent petition on the Prime Minister's spiffing new website. I recommend all UK residents sign the thing, and anyone else who can plausibly claim a UK address for that matter. Brief explanation of why the government's... [Read More]

Tracked on Nov 16, 2006 2:25:19 PM


"We've sent you an email; before your signature is added to the petition you'll have to click the link in it."

So where is my [email protected]$%ing email, then? Honestly, I've been trying to sign this petition for over an hour. It's just as well this shower don't try to computerize anything important, like the NHS. Oh...

It's a conspiracy, I tell you...

Posted by: w666tvr | Nov 16, 2006 11:51:21 AM

Why not? Because in order to sign the petition you have to tell them who you are, where to find you and which email address to snoop on (RIPA) by telling them your name and email and physical addresses. With these details they can build themselves a database of present and future dissidents. No fear!

Posted by: The Laughing Cavalier | Nov 16, 2006 3:00:27 PM

Blair won't care, his voices have told him that there is overwhelming support across the country for ID cards.

Posted by: The Morningstar | Nov 16, 2006 3:28:37 PM

I signed up.

Their confirming email went into my junk email bucket.

And the hotlink enclosed ("click here to confirm...") wasn't a link, just plain text.


They can't get ANYTHING right, can they?

Posted by: andrew duffin | Nov 16, 2006 4:14:08 PM


Posted by: MarkS | Nov 16, 2006 4:29:04 PM

Well, with a little deviousness (I said I was in the Cayman Islands despite putting an SA address down, including the country) I signed the one asking Tone to resign.

I then tried my luck by sponsoring a petition for a referendum on an English Parliament. And guess what? It was accepted!

I know telling fibs is naughty, but I figured since the buggers have been lying to us for nine years I was allowed a little leeway.

So if you fancy adding to Swiss Tony's misery follow my example. Give it a try at



Posted by: The Remittance Man | Nov 16, 2006 4:35:03 PM

I've never heard of a country which became a dictatorship after introducing ID cards. Not even Portugal.

Posted by: Novparl | Nov 16, 2006 4:46:26 PM

Tim, I still haven't been able to ascertain how ID cards will impact expats like you and me. Are we going to be required to have one? I'm wondering what would happen were I visiting the UK some years hence and some stroppy rozzer asks me for my card (and the idea that they won't be given the power to do just that is laughable).

Tim adds: As far as I'm aware we'll have to have the biometric passports but anyone in the UK for less than 3 months (UK citizen or not) does not need an ID card nor to be on the National Identity Register.

Posted by: David Gillies | Nov 16, 2006 5:05:46 PM

(Note, as I'm not resident in the UK or a Crown Territory, it won't accept my signature. Sorry.)

Posted by: james higham | Nov 16, 2006 6:20:37 PM

You won't need an ID card (yet). But the ID card is a red herring: it's the entry on the database that counts and you (and your biometrics) will be put on the database if you want to have a British passport.


Posted by: Kay Tie | Nov 17, 2006 1:18:56 AM