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Gavin, you've hit the nail on the head there about politicians being generally quite smart. But they can be misinformed and make snap decisions or become entrenched in a position without fully understanding the issue.
Education is key so that politicians are not guided by rhetoric but by understanding the enormous risks, limitations and dangers of the proposed scheme. They also need to understand that the technology proposed is fallable and not ready for use as needed.
Perhaps an FAQ should be distributed to every MP explaining the key failure points of an ID system as defined currently.Robert McGregor, 12 years ago.