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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

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So why do so many apparently rational politicians support the National Register/ID card? They're not all part of some sinister police state conspiracy, surely? Two reasons.

One, their civil servants are telling them it's a good idea (because it will involve spending billions on, er, the Civil Service).

Two, they want to be seen to be doing something about terrorism, illegal immigration, benefit fraud and identity theft. The ID card won't actually help these, but most people seem to think it will, which is good enough for re-election purposes.

If we can persuade enough of the electorate that the card is a bad idea, the politicians will mysteriously change their minds on the issue. They're not evil, just corrupt. ;-)
Steven Evans, 15 years ago.

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