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My identity belongs to me, not the state. Apart from the technical difficulties, the introduction of ID cards will subtly change this relationship. Although subtle, the possible consequences of this change are enormous.

At the moment I carry a number of forms of 'identity', each of which allows me to use a privilege which I have paid for in one way or the other. This, to me, is perfectly acceptable. But my identity is not a privilege, and I shouldn't have to pay for it.

I would like everyone to reflect what it would mean if the government became the custodian of your identity. It becomes something they allow you to use, on production of a card. Your hard won rights as a citizen then gradually become privileges granted to you by the state.

Would you trust the government, any government, including those yet to come, with this power?
Dennis Smithers, 15 years ago.

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