Happy ID carders nearly all government employees

Back in the old days, before we had a government that cared about civil liberties, Labour were busy telling us how wonderful ID cards were. No-one was quite sure what they were useful for (beating terrorism? tackling benefit fraud? getting a drink in the pub? travelling to France without a passport?) but whatever it was, they were really good at it.

Now, thanks to some persistent questioning from No2ID National Co-ordinator Phil Booth, we know that of the nine people who featured in the glossy advertising telling us how ID cards had transformed their lives and possibly cured cancer, all but one were government employees.

As the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) admitted yesterday in response to an FOI request

We can confirm that eight of the nine people quoted on the website at the time either worked for the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), the Home Office or another government department or agency

The Register has the story, along with the key question – who was the one person found to promote ID cards not on the government payroll?

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  • It would seem nobody really gives a damn about your muckracking Iian,maybe they are more interested in what YOUR government are up to.
    i.e. Clegg lying to the electorate.


  • Andrew Suffield 29th Jul '10 - 9:27pm

    not vulnerable to identity theft

    What makes you think that? It’s easily stolen.

  • Republica: Are you going to post that link to the Guardian on every thread? Whatever the topic?
    It could get old.

    Especially as anyone watching BBC2 this evening will have heard what N.C said. It’s not some deep secret you’ve uncovered.

    (Despite your apparent fears, your other link to the article hasn’t been deleted.).

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