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30 March, 2006

Failure is not an option

NØ2IDIn related news: the government has already spent £32m on preparing for the ID card scheme before it has been approved by Parliament.
That gives some idea of the government's willingness to negotiate, and indeed their respect for the democratic process.  They're committing the nation to having a National ID Register, irrespective of whether anyone actually votes for it.

Alistair Carmichael [Liberal Democrats home affairs spokesman] said the government had "no right" to spend the money before the ID cards enter into law.
"It is completely unacceptable to forge ahead on a scheme which will radically alter British society without the approval of MPs," he said.

"The government persistently and wrongly claims that a majority of people want ID cards when it is quite clear that there is major disquiet in the country on this issue."

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