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I have no fear of foreigners! How dare you suggest that!
I am suggesting each idea should be weighed up on its merits.
I'm sure the NIR will bring one or two minor benefits but the arguments against are so overwhelming that I'm amazed this is even being considered.
I wouldn't mind a strictly voluntary, non-technological identity card for access to some public services but this is not what is being offered at all.
In effect what this increasingly paranoid Government wants to do is this: they want to make you pay to lease your own identity back. For those who believe in liberty, this is deeply frighteningPaul Brookfield, 12 years ago.