Thursday, March 30, 2006

Heroes, villains and ID

The bill got passed. We are all to be numbered and categorised. I will not submit. So, we have some heroes, some villains, and some dodgy characters. Heroes:
Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington), Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North), Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North), Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak), John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington), Robert Wareing (Liverpool, West Derby).

Adam Afriyie (Windsor), Tony Baldry (Banbury), William Cash (Stone), Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Stewart Jackson (Peterborough), Brooks Newmark (Braintree), Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield), Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhill)

Lib Dems: All of them
Democratic Unionist Party & SNP: From what I can see, all of them as well
and a few others.
Source: Public Whip (via)

If you live in one of their constituencies, write to them and thank them? Especially the Labour MPs. Note to the Government. I agree with Bill Cash and Ian Paisley. Can you not see how wrong that is?

Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Peter Bone (Wellingborough), James Brokenshire (Hornchurch), John Butterfill (Bournemouth West), Quentin Davies (Grantham & Stamford), David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden), Philip Dunne (Ludlow), Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East), Michael Fabricant (Lichfield), Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster), Edward Garnier (Harborough), Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham), Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby), John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings), Greg Knight (East Yorkshire), Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire), Patrick McLoughlin (West Derbyshire), Patrick Mercer (Newark), John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare), Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar), Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury), Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness), Robert Syms (Poole), Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)

All Conservative.
I expect Labour MPs to vote in favour. But the Shadow Home Secretary? Write to those guys and ask them what they think they're playing at?

Andrew isn't convinced that the Tories are as committed as Dave is saying. I hope that sensible Tories like him can put pressure on the leadership and MPs to keep them onboard. I think we'll all need to put pressure on them.

In the meantime, Longrider and me (elsewhere) are discussing when to renew your passport; you need to do it before Crapita get their hands on the NIR, which will be sometime in 2008, so best do it in 2007 just to be safe. As observed, you can do it at any time for any reason. Justin has more on the "compromise".

At the next General Election, at every Hustings, in every constituency up and down the country, we ask

Will you vote to abolish the National Identity Register

If they don't say yes, we get them out. Regardless of party.

Between now and then? Our best hope is that, like all other Government IT projects, especially those Capita get hold of, it'll all go horribly wrong.


ATTEND an appointment to be photographed, have your fingerprints taken and iris scanned, or be fined up to £2500. Additional fines of up to £2500 may be levied each time you fail to comply until you submit to these procedures.

PROMPTLY INFORM the police or Home Office if you lose your card or it becomes defective, or face a fine of up to £1000. If you find someone else's card and do not immediately hand it in, you may have committed a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment for up to two years or a fine, or both.

PROMPTLY INFORM the National Identity Register of any change of address or face a fine of up to £1000 (you will supply evidence of your previous addresses, not just your current address).

PROMPTLY INFORM the National Identity Register of significant changes to your personal life or any errors they have made or face a fine of up to £1000. You may also be obliged to submit to being re-interviewed, re-photographed, re-fingerprinted and re-scanned, or face a fine.

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