Pilot of ID Cards may cause pilot strike

Could it be that British summer holidays cancelled by striking pilots will ultimately sink the ID card scheme? Labour’s cardboard coercion may yet be grounded on the runway of Manchester airport; at least, we can hope.

The Indie reports that resistance is growing to government plans to pilot ID cards on, erm, pilots. Staff at Manchester and London City airports, along with overseas students, are among the groups being targeted first for Labour’s laminated gifts of joy.

The British Airline Pilots Association is threatening strikes and the airline bosses, of the British Air Transport Association, are also annoyed that their staff are to be part of a “PR initiative”. Lib Dem Shadow Home Secretary Chris Huhne is quoted as saying:

It is no surprise that pilots are up in arms since they are one of the few groups selected as guinea pigs for this benighted experiment.

Huhne has recently released data from his crack team of researchers showing that staff in the departments administering the identity database scheme have been losing more than one of their own security passes per day

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  • Good. Brave people who will not be browbeaten by the government & whom Huhne has rightly supported, showing his strength. Will Dominic Grieve be man enough to put his name to this or will he lag behind, with the pro-ID, pro-42 days wing of the Tory party stopping action?

    We can stop this law by ridiculing it & making it impossible to enforce. It is a great shame for me as I support the rule of law, but bad laws make a mockery of good laws & make society worse. New Labour have brought us to this pass.

    We will show up the half-baked, moronic, unenforceable scheme for what it is & public “support” for this authoritarian nonsense will be like slush on the ground after a thaw.

    Let it again be said that “I am against this sort of thing”.

    You are drawing me towards you & away from the Green Party if you keep up a strong stance on this 😉

  • Richard Huzzey 18th Nov '08 - 8:41pm

    You don’t often hear me use this phrase but “to be fair to Dominic Grieve”, he is quoted in the same article attacking the government.

  • Mandatory ID cards for pilots could be the issue which deals a serious setback to the government. It would only take one brave soul to refuse, supported by the Liberal Democrats and others opposed to this opressive measure.
    Their salami approach (slice by slice) would be in tatters.

  • Would Norman Tebbit have carried one?

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