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My objection to the cards is not practical or financial. I oppose them because I do not believe the state and its agents should be able to compel you to carry an identity card, nor should they be allowed to gather large amounts of information about citizens. Although at the moment we have a reasonably benign government in terms of domestic policy this will not always be the case. You only need to consider what use the Thatcher government would have made of these cards during the miner's strike to see what the dangers are.
I believe that an important principal; is at stake here, and we owe it to our children and to the memory of those who died for our freedoms in the last war not to surrender our liberty like this.christopher evans, 14 years ago.