February 14, 2006


ID cards in two years as rebellion defeated (George Jones and Brendan Carlin, 14/02/2006, Daily Telegraph)

The Government comfortably survived the first of a series of crunch votes last night when MPs overturned an attempt by the House of Lords to make identity cards voluntary rather than compulsory.

Although Tony Blair was forced to miss the vote because of an engine failure on the aircraft that was due to bring him back from South Africa, the Government won the vote on the Identity Cards Bill by 310 to 279, a majority of 31. Twenty Labour MPs voted against the Government in the key first vote.

The Government's success in overturning the series of defeats inflicted by peers means that within two years people renewing or applying for passports will be required to have an ID card, at a cost of £93 for both documents.

Immigration concerns make it near certain we'll have them within the next few years too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 7:09 AM

"cost of 93 for both documents."

That's nearly twice the current rate.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at February 14, 2006 8:16 AM

These really won't do much good. The people whose identity we can be the most sure of are the ones least likely to cause us worry. How can you trust any documentation from a third (or second) world country?

Posted by: Rick T. at February 14, 2006 9:09 AM

Which is why a U.S. i.d. card will be required.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 9:29 AM

ID cards have bad connotations. Gotta call it PassportPlus or something edgy and catchy with a couple of X's in it.

Posted by: erp at February 14, 2006 11:14 AM

"USA Xpress Card"

Posted by: Dave W at February 14, 2006 11:31 AM

What difference would having ID cards make if we don't have the political will to deport illegals when identify them now? And do you honestly think that liberal big city governments and the police departments they control would go along with that? If you think the left is deranged about Bush now, wait until you hear the uproar over national ID cards.

Posted by: PapayaSF at February 14, 2006 4:07 PM

None. None of the other steps, like building a wall, matter either but we're doing them.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 5:10 PM

i hope i get a low number, historically those are the most sought after.

Posted by: toe at February 14, 2006 10:51 PM
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