by Stephen Tall on November 14, 2008
The latest blog of Bridget Fox, Lib Dem PPC for Islington South and Finsbury, is now live over at The Guardian’s website, with thoughts on Remembrance Sunday and Government climbdowns. Read it in full here, but here’s a powerful section on the pernicious ID cards scheme:
In a particularly nasty move, the government is starting compulsory ID cards with the most marginal members of society – migrants from outside the European Union. This is unlikely to put off the desperate, the ignorant and those with nothing to lose. But it will lose us the skills and goodwill of a generation of international workers and students – which will be damaging to Britain’s future in what is turning out to be the global century. It encourages the dangerous view that human rights vary by nationality. And, of course, it won’t stop there: once the foreign guinea pigs have been through the system, the government wants to make it universal.