Thursday, March 18, 2010

Good to see that the Lib Dems are joining us

Nick Clegg is making a speech to Privacy International tonight. And as is the tradition of Liberal Democrats everywhere, to be all things to all people into that audience he will say the right thing,

He will highlight the growth of CCTV cameras, the retention of innocent people's DNA and ID cards as evidence of "endless snooping" by government.
I am delighted, but hold on,

If they win power, the Lib Dems have pledged to introduce legislation to safeguard basic liberties, strengthen data protection laws, "restore" the right to peaceful protest and abolish ID cards.
Nothing here about abolishing the National Identity Register, nothing here about dealing with the NHS Spine. Without tackling these under the counter apsects you are merely pruning. And we all know that if you prune a plant, rather than uproot it, it grows back stronger.

National Identity Register: EEA Countries
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which date EEA nationals will be compelled to have their personal information recorded on the National Identity Register; and whether they will then be issued with a UK biometric identity card. [130425]

John Reid: We will start issuing identity cards to British citizens from 2009, alongside compulsory biometric immigration documents to foreign nationals from 2008. No date has yet been set but, subject to further primary legislation, it is intended that registration on the National Identity Register should eventually become compulsory for everyone aged 16 and over who is resident in the United Kingdom for more than a prescribed period and this will include European Economic Area (EEA) nationals.
Nope, I cannot see any attempt to stop it here? Can you? Maybe I have missed something?

For the record, UKIP would abolish the NIR, and thus ID cards become irrelevant. We oppose the Spine, we oppose the proliferation of CCTV cameras, and speed traps (those placed solely to make money).
We also oppose the retention of DNA, the mass proliferation of CRB checks, the European Arrest Warrant (are you listening Mr Clegg) lifestyle laws as a general rule and countless other ways that those in power attempt to restrict our Liberty.

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