No papers needed
The Home Office faced fresh controversy last night after ministers were accused of accidentally repealing the law which makes it an offence to have a forged passport.
In an extraordinary development, it was claimed that Labour's Identity Cards Act had repealed the existing laws before the new laws to replace them come into force.
I would laugh if it wasn't so pathetic, though I am starting to wonder why we bother with passports at all.
When David Roberts, of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND), said there was little point hunting individuals who overstayed their visas.
He also said he did not have the "faintest idea" how many illegal immigrants there were in the UK.
But Mr Roberts, who is head of removals at the directorate, said the directorate's resources were better targeted on firms employing illegal workers.
And the revelation that "we also hand out National Insurance numbers without checking up on a person's immigration status."(ibid)
Why bother with any ID?
Unless you are a law abiding citizen of the country when, of course, it is essential that you are branded by the Government as a symbol that they own you.