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IDs & Ego

by | 14th, February 2006

‘GREAT news for amnesiacs. The Commons has heard your lament (you remember the one about forgetting your name, nationality, pin number etc.) and voted in favour of ID cards. Now, if you need reminding who you are, you can just refer to the bit of plastic in your pocket.

And so as not to appear discriminatory in any way, the rest of us will have to get one, too. Sure, the cards are not yet compulsory, but, as the Times says, from 2008 you’ll need to obtain one when you renew your British passport.

And there’s more. As the paper reports, anyone applying for residents’ permits and visas from certain non-EU countries will also need to resister their biometric data fingerprints and iris scans – with the Government.

And in case you are worried about missing out, the good news is that under the Government’s plan, you are free to apply for an ID card. One can be yours for an estimated £30. Can’t say fairer than that.

Of course, it could have been different. As the Telegraph says on its front page, the Government’s majority in the vote on ID cards was cut to just 31, from 64. The Government won the vote by 310 votes to 279.

A quick look at the numbers a calculation that would put a GCSE maths paper to shame shows that not all the country’s 659 MPs voted. Had they

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