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Identity Crisis

by | 14th, November 2003

‘THE picture of Michael Howard admiring his presentation plate for Parliamentarian of the Year is certainly a “good omen”.

‘A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into me getting this award’

It’s pretty clear that rumours as to Howard’s vampire tendencies can be laid to rest as he does indeed have a reflection.

But while Howard promises not to bleed us all dry, and celebrates his award – bestowed upon him by senior political writers – David Blunkett wonders about his own identity.

The Home Secretary is having something of an identity crisis. As the Guardian reports, just two days after proposing the scheme for compulsory ID cards, Scotland has played a joker.

Scotland’s first minister Jack McConnell has told Blunkett that he is opposed to the concept of compulsory cards for all and anyone not carrying one will be allowed to go about their business as before.

The Telegraph puts this succinctly, reporting that the card will not be required for services such as health and education in Scotland, but in England the locals will be required to use it to get medical care.

Of course, the ID card is not yet law and, until it becomes so, we are free to come and go as we please. And that seemingly goes for asylum seekers and illegal arrivals too.

According to the Times, more than 500,000 migrants arrived in this island paradise last year, the highest number on record.

But not to worry, such is the popularity of TV programmes like “No Going Back”, “I’m Off”, “Last One Out Turn The Lights Off” that around 359,000 went the other way.

And given the popularity of Mr Blunkett’s knee-jerk half-baked schemes, he might soon be joining them. A little bat tells us that Romania offers much excitement…’



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