I just don't get it. First off, the government tries to say that passports wont be compulsory because people don't 'need' to have passports. The opposition see it for the lie that it is, and rightly oppose it. Charles Clarke gets laughed at in the house of commons for uttering such a barefaced lie.
Fast forward a couple of weeks. Same situation, the government is now trying to convince everyone that everything about the ID card system is fine, because it will be delayed by four years. This time though, the opposition buys it, hook, line and sinker.
Why? Why, after opposing the bill for so long and forcing the government into ever increasing ridiculousness, after laughing at this country's Home Secretary for the length to which he was willing to lie for Tony and his bill, after it has been proven time and time again that ID card wont help to stop terrorism, wont reduce crime, will be abused by the police and the government, why did they cave in just like that?
I honestly thought this was going to go all the way to the Parliament Act, and at least to some extent I can hold my head up high and say that my party of choice did try their best to ensure this happened. I completely agree with the comments on Spyblog about the lack of trust over civil liberties from the Tories; slim chance though it was, David Cameron has just lost any chance of getting my vote.
I honestly do not think that I have ever got this riled up about any act or bill or law ever introduced, and that includes the fox hunting ban which I campaigned to be introduced quite passionately. This system will not only destroy a good deal of our 'civil liberties' and 'personal privacy', but it will almost certainly be a huge failure will gaping security holes which will compromise individuals across the whole country.
I will not carry an ID card, and I will not allow my personal information to be held on any register. I would urge everyone to follow Mat's ideas below and refuse to vote for any candidate in an upcoming election that will not vote to do away with the national identity register.