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8 July, 2005

Credit where it's due

NØ2IDI have to confess that I'd expected the government to use yesterday's bombs in London as a justification for ID cards (and I suppose they might yet, in some way).  However, it's to the Home Secretary's credit that he has admitted that ID cards wouldn't have prevented these attacks.

My one criticism of his statement is that he said:

The question on ID cards is, on the balance of the ability to deal with particular threats and civil liberties, does a particular measure help or hinder it? I actually think ID cards do help rather than hinder.
I'd argue that it's disingenuously simplistic to consider it as 'either/or'. Really, it's help, hinder or have no effect. ID cards just aren't relevant to such a terrorist incident.

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