This was predictable:
Tony Blair and William Hague call for digital ID cards for all https://t.co/Ag3fNRWR2u
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) February 22, 2023
We’re going to need ID cards anyway – or a preferred form of identification like a photo driving licence or a passport – if we want to vote in the local elections in May. A friend of mine sent me this image as a reminder:
But that’s not what Blair (and his former sparring partner across the Dispatch Box, William Hague) is on about.
They want digital ID cards that provide every important piece of information about us:
Sir Tony and Lord Hague… argue digital ID cards would make it easier and more secure for people to access services and for the government to understand their needs and better target support.
“In a world in which everything from vaccine status to aeroplane tickets and banking details are available on our personal devices, it is illogical that the same is not true of our individual public records,” they write.
They suggest such a scheme could allow people to prove their identity, age, driving licence, right to live and work in the UK and even their educational qualifications.
Right – and it could also lay us wide open to identity thieves. Not a brilliant idea!
There’s an argument that other countries are already imposing such a system on their populations and we need to catch up. But I was reminded only last night that, a few years ago, other countries were leaping to join the Euro currency and abandon their own – and look what happened to Greece as a result. The UK kept the Pound and it was the smartest thing that we could have done.
Several of us think that Blair doesn’t really understand what he’s saying…
Tony Blair here calling for ID cards as part of a ‘digital revolution’.
A reminder that the chap didn’t own a mobile phone until 2007. He has no idea what he’s talking about – just repeats the vacuous talking points of McKinsey & various other hucksters. pic.twitter.com/QmVk9sVPGR
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) February 22, 2023
… and here’s a “for example”: Sebastian Payne, contender to take over the title of ‘Child Star of Politices’ from former holders Owen Jones and Ian Hislop, arguing that ID cards will be a great way to “control” immigration, by controlling the wider population of the UK:
“There is a very strong case for ID cards… you’ve got to show that people can control the nation state”.
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) February 24, 2023
Is that what you want?
Do you want to be forced to carry an identity card that allows people in self-imposed positions of authority to tell you where to go, what to do when you get there, and deny you the right to self-determination?
That is where Blair, Hague – and Payne – are going on this.
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