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The card was always the McGuffin. It's not the card that's the problem, it's the register. When people find out about the register, that's when the penny drops. As long as we keep educating and informing and countering the hype and the myths, the resistance will keep growing.
Incidentally I've had a patronising and propagandising letter from the Home Office trying to justify the ID database on the basis of the ICAO biometrics requirements. I've written back pointing out the elementary nature of their confusion...Eleanor Crawford, 13 years ago.