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A Question for Meg Hillier

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Arrests made at ID cards meeting

Nine people have been charged with breach of the peace following an incident at a meeting about ID cards in Edinburgh.

There were protests as a Home Office minister was meeting business leaders and local government officials to outline the proposals..The event was part of a UK-wide consultation which allows organisations to give feedback on the plans.

The Anti-ID card campaign group NO2ID said repeated requests for them to attend the consultation had been refused and they branded the process a "sham".

The Home Office minister for identity, Meg Hillier, said: "We are committed to providing people with the option of having an identity card which will make day-to-day life much easier.

"I am convinced, like people everywhere, the people of Scotland are keen to protect themselves and their families against identity fraud, as well as protecting their communities against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism."

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: "When government ministers refuse to attend public meetings but instead hide behind secretly organised 'consultation' meetings, we know New Labour is losing the plot.

"But when peaceful protesters are arrested for simply standing up against a government's abuse of power, then anyone who cares about liberty should be outraged."

So the we are "keen" on ID cards are we? But you won't let us "consult" with you over it in case we say the wrong thing. Do you really believe this, are you so far up your nuLabour arsehole you can no longer distinguish day from night, right from wrong or truth from lies; or are just an authoritarian fascist?

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The Home Office minister for identity, Meg Hillier, said: "We are committed to providing people with the option of having an identity card which will make day-to-day life much easier.

??? Option??? And how "easier" - perhaps because by having it when asked for papers it is slightly less likely that a trip to the station for fingerprinting, DNA, etc for "enquiry" purposes will ensue?

She meanders on, "I am convinced, like people everywhere, the people of Scotland are keen to protect themselves and their families against identity fraud..." Which is a pretty good argument against government ID cards, given that even MI5 is given to leaving un-encrypted disk drives lying about on commuter trains.

Alas, the only technologies which our governments seem unwilling to use are those which actually benefit the citizenry.

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