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Why Did 13,200 People Sign Up For Manchester’s ID Card White Elephant?

THOSE ID cards trialled in Manchester have been a…failure.

Back in May 2009, then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith (yes, that really did happen) trilled:

“While private companies will clearly benefit from the increased footfall from offering this service, their customers will benefit from being able to quickly provide their biometrics while they are out doing the shopping.”

Well, in all 13,200 people signed up to the scheme. It cost £292m. All the cards have now been cancelled.

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Posted: 30th, December 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment