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Should we carry ID cards?
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This is a second page of your comments on ID cards

The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received:

For gods sake, people are blacklisted for years because of poor credit ratings on the basis of the behaviour of previous occupants of their address! Of course computers can get it wrong - the air traffic control fiasco springs to mind. I for one will do everything I can to thwart having an ID card. Next step - microchipping the population.
Dawn, UK

In most European countries ID cards have been part of individual's lives for many years without issue
Neil Prowse, England
There is no real legitimate argument against ID cards. I believe only people with fraudulent or illegal interests would have concern with ID cards... the very reason why they need to be introduced. There is no loss of civil liberty, in fact it helps to reinforce and protect your rights through protecting your identity, whilst undermining those people that do not wish or intend to live by the laws of the country. In most European countries ID cards have been part of individual's lives for many years without issue. Does the average French, Spanish, German, American, Dutch person feel their rights are affected by ID cards... I think the answer is a resounding NO!
Neil Prowse, England

We don't need them,
We don't want them,
We won't carry them

This is a sledgehammer to crack a small urban problem. The dedicated criminals will find a way round it and the 60 Million peace loving law abiding citizens will have to pay for this white elephant. It gives the government more information it doesn't need and we have no way of knowing what it will do with it. Once you have monitoring in place the control will only be one step behind.
Peter Bennett, UK

ID cards are an excellent idea, and the sooner they're introduced the better. We now live in a world where they are a necessity. We pay for passports, so why not ID cards. As fingerprints and iris patterns presumably don't change as much as facial features, cards shouldn't have to be renewed every 10 years like passports. Civil liberties - what civil liberties?
Vernon, UK

Whilst I have no problem with ID cards as such, I will however go to prison, before I will allow any form of iris scanning to be utilised. Hopefully, this government will ensure that iris scanning is safe before implementation, however, enforced mobile phone masts and fluoride in water, to name but two, suggest otherwise.
Michelle, UK

What I object to is the fact that the British public are expected to fork out for the cards
Jane Burton, England
I'm not sure if the cards would work but I have no objection to the introduction of ID cards. However, what I object to is the fact that the British public are expected to fork out for the cards. In effect the honest British public (which I suspect are most people) are being forced to pay for something that fraudsters and illegal immigrants etc. are to blame for. I think the courts will have a major headache with so many people refusing to have them. Whether it is for non payment or implications for civil liberties. I can see there being protests or riots like the poll tax fiasco.
Jane Burton, England

Supermarket loyalty cards store more information about customers than they could imagine, but for the prospect of getting 2p for every 100 spent, many carry them like a status symbol. I don't see what the big deal is with ID cards. Should we refuse to have a drivers licenses, passports in case any information on us can be tracked?

Other countries have had IDs for a long while, and this will put an end to the ludicrous British use of gas bills to identify yourself. That is apart from the law enforcement issues.
martin, UK

Having spent much time in the US I know first hand that having an ID card is an excellent idea. An example of this is that when you pay by credit card, just a quick look at your ID card can verify that you are who you say you are, therefore I imagine, a decrease in credit card fraud. I cannot understand why one would refuse an ID card.
Jo, UK

I will never submit to having an identity card, let alone pay for one. I am prepared to go to prison if it ever comes to it.
S. Moss, UK

Welcome, the Big brother state has arrived. Blunkett says these cards will have minimum details on them...but nowhere does he address the issue of "function creep". Nor has anyone outlined the role that the UK banks are playing in all this... the government has done a secret deal with the UK banking industry to drive demand for ID cards (try cashing a cheque at your *own* branch without two forms of ID). We don't need ID cards and I for one will publicly BURN mine and will refuse to carry one, even if this means going to jail. Ron
Ron, UK

It looks to me as if the government really wants to keep tabs on us
Ian Coyne
No simple as that the cost alone should put you off. It won't stop one single terrorist as they ain't that thick and will produce there own. It may stop benefit fraud but I doubt it. It looks to me as if the government really wants to keep tabs on us and I don't even carry my licence with me all the time or for that matter my national insurance card so what are the odds of me being ordered to bring the silly thing to a cop shop I'd say pretty good.
Ian Coyne, UK

Of course we should have an Identity Card. The concerns should be about how, and when, it is used. We already show a Passport to cross borders, a Driving Licence or a Bank Card and don't object. What amazes me is that the Home Secretary suggests we need an Identity Card to stop benefit fraud. It must be so easy now to claim benefits illegally. Give us Identity Cards but spell out clearly when and why they should be checked.
Peter, England

I don't see the point of ID cards from the users' point of view. There is no advantage in having to have one, and making us pay for it is just daylight robbery. What we really need is a system where our medical records can be available wherever and whenever they're needed instead of one where they get lost in between two hospital departments or between your hospital and your GP. This should be a priority. We already have enough other ways of proving our identities.
Sheila Perry, Scotland

I lived in Hong Kong for 13 years with an ID card and apart from it preventing me from getting served up to the age of 18, I couldn't see a problem with it. It's only the irritating middle class liberals who remember reading 1984 at school who oppose this scheme. IF you've nothing to hide, what's the issue?
Ben Wells, UK

Of course we should ALL carry ID cards. What could be better than having our passports, drivers' licences, national insurance details etc on one small and easy to carry card? I think it should include information on our DNA too. Only those with something to hide could object to this.
Don, UK

The principle of ID cards is absolutely right in today's society
Allen Clarke, United Kingdom
The principle of ID cards is absolutely right in today's society. However, the costs should be borne generally out of taxation rather than being another burden on people's finances generally. If older children have to have them it could cost the average family 300. It would be good for the state to issue an initial card, with replacements costing dearly if lost. With modern technology it should be possible to merge the driving licence, NHS Card, NI card, etc into one "smart" card. Now that would be a really good idea.
Allen Clarke, United Kingdom

When the photo-driving licenses came in I got one and found it most convenient and very useful when required to provide valid identification. A national ID card could only benefit the ordinary citizen.
John Bennett, England

It's one more thing to worry about loosing when you drop your wallet! Also how will the data held be prevented from being sold to direct marketing firms?
M Syed, UK

Could those who object to ID cards on civil liberties grounds kindly explain their concerns? Most of our movements are can already easily be traced via mobile phone usage, paying with any form of card, benefits or taxes. Of course one could give a false identity for all the above, but then that would be exactly the sort of suspicious behaviour ID cards are supposed to stop!
John Wheeler, UK/Spain

i think that you are creating a system that forces everyone to be a participant within. slowly the ability of individuals to choose the way that they live their lives is eroded in an Orwellian attempt to wrestle all responsibility out of an individuals control. This step would be by and large one of the most significant; a card that validates existence and participation within the machine...
tom griff, UK

Sweden has ID cards, and is generally seen as a relaxed society. The only people who should be worried about getting ID cards are criminals and paranoiacs. The rest of us shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Pete, UK

Only those who have something to hide need to worry about legally carrying an ID card permanently!!
Mandy Overton, UK

We live in a one party state where the ruling party does whatever it feels like (take the was as case in point). If Labour wants it, ID cards will come in and that will be the end of it - so much for living in a free society where votes/opinion count.
Bryan, Scotland

In my opinion urgently required, most Countries have them now!
John Jenkinson, UK

Many people supporting a state-issued identity card are unaware of the real agenda
Annabelle Jackson, Belgium
Many people supporting a state-issued identity card are unaware of the real agenda, which is what the Bush administration has described as "Total Information Awareness", a hyper-visory networked computer system able to tap into all data banks, public and private, via a unique key on our identity card. At the touch of a button, unknown persons can produce a report detailing everything about you. Political affiliation, social background, income and expenditure, known associates, relations (via birth and death register), educational attainment, health history (e.g. sexual diseases, contraceptive prescribing history ), ethnic origins, interest in aviation, etc.
Annabelle Jackson, Belgium

Why should I have to prove who I am as I go around minding my own business in my own country? Why should there be a presumption, which I would have to displace by showing my card, that I am doing something wrong? Furthermore why should I have to pay for the privilege of this reversal in the presumption of the law?
Edward Cumming, Cambridge, UK

It is just a peace of poxy plastic, everyone carries lots of bits of plastic already, why not one more!
Simon, UK

Like many of the posters here, I have nothing to fear from the ID card. But then I am a white, 30-something female. The chances are that I could bury my ID card in the garden and never be caught out. If, however, I were a black or Asian male teenager, my chances of being stopped by the police would be dramatically increased. As a result, my chances of being locked up for leaving the card at home would also be dramatically increased.
Catherine O, UK

Anyone who is legally entitled to be in this country, and is going about their business in a law abiding way will have nothing to fear from ID cards.
Jayne Robson, UK

They should be compulsory to help with fraud we all have driving licences and credit card detail so I can't see a problem unless you have something to hide which would prove the need for them
Richard King, UK

What skeletons are all these paranoid '1984' conspiracy theorists hiding in their closets?
Ian Porter, UK
What skeletons are all these paranoid '1984' conspiracy theorists hiding in their closets? If you live within the law then no amount of data about you can turn you into a criminal or impinge on your freedoms.
Ian Porter, UK

If this 'system' is so necessary and wonderful why will it only maybe 'reduce' benefit fraud and illegals? If it is not clever enough to STOP both almost instantly then I don't want it because there is no gain
Garry Ryan, England

ID cards is just another way the state can control and manipulate. What ever happened to less red tape?
P Beare, England

I've never committed a crime and have no intention of committing a crime so the Government can have all the details they want! As long as they don't sell data to third parties such as retailers etc. But 40! You must be joking.
James Morris, UK

Compulsory ID cards will be the new Poll Tax. The free people of this country will not allow this Orwellesque infringement on their civil liberties to be implemented. I for one, will not be carrying one whatever the consequences.
Chris Pitcher, England

Everyone over a certain age had to have an ID card when I was in California. Driver's licences were counted as such. Non-drivers had to get a card like it. This would be cheaper rather than everyone having separate ID cards. Otherwise, ID cards will not prevent terrorism or fraud one bit, but may cut down on some paperwork in the long run, and could replace passports when visiting some countries.
S.O., Scotland

I just can't believe the amount of paranoia in our country. I would hope we would be able to trust our government to use the ID cards for positive means. Maybe I'm naive but how sad that so many "innocent" people feel the need to be against this and so aiding the criminal element of society. Who is worse? Criminals/illegal immigrants or users of NHS and benefits or the government?
Tony, England

I think we should all be compelled to have our ID cards worn prominently for all to see
Iain Nicholson, UK
I have nothing to hide and so have no objection to being compelled to carry a national ID card. As a faithful and loyal servant of those in power, I could not possibly object to anything that would make their work easier at such minor personal inconvenience. I have no objection to wearing an identity badge at work, so would have no objection to wearing one outside work either. In fact, I think we should all be compelled to have our ID cards worn prominently for all to see. That way, much anti-social behaviour will be discouraged through lack of anonymity alone.
Iain Nicholson, UK

A lot of people have said it would be nice to have one ID that is accepted by everyone, we have no assurance that this will be the case! If you search the BBC archive you will find a case were an armed forces ID card was not accepted as proof of ID by an airline instead of a Passport. This was because the airline "did not accept" the ID as acceptable proof of ID. So all you people thinking a national ID card would help with banks and airlines may well be in for a disappointment.
Gavin Berry, England

Before we make any decision about ID cards, we should look closely at countries that already have them to see if they actually prevent fraud and crime. If they don't, then we are going to waste a lot of taxpayers' money. Also, given the Government's track-record on IT projects (Swanick, benefit cards) I think the system could be seriously flawed and open to abuse.
Marc Tyner, UK

Having lived in a country that required ID cards, the civil liberties argument is paranoia. But as other people have stated, it does nothing to reduce crime - criminals simply carry false ones.
Douglas, UK

Does anyone know how much could realistically be saved by reducing fraud in public services? For me liberty is not an absolute and there is a pragmatic balance between so called limitations on our freedom and the price of that freedom. I have the feeling the introduction of an ID card might be an overall positive benefit.
Ross, UK

I'm perfectly happy to carry one, just as long as we don't have to pay for it. I've refused to pay to get my paper driving licence (which I've already paid for) replaced by a plastic one. And I'll refuse to pay for this as well. At 40 a head it seems to me to be a very nice 2.5 billion tax fill-up for the government.
Rik Cooper, England

It will make our lives easier and bring this country into the 21st century
John K, UK
Carrying ID cards is a must in this country, not only to enhance security, but to help reduce benefit fraud, credit card fraud etc. Also less paperwork for example if you are unemployed and are signing on or visiting the hospital, by showing your id card, information can be processed more easily. If you are going to Europe, instead on carrying your passport you can take your id card in your wallet. It will make our lives easier and bring this country into the 21st century. About time too!
John K, UK

I'd be happy to carry an ID card that didn't contain biometric data. I have a national insurance number that shows that I'm entitled to benefits and treatment in this country. As for saying that you've got nothing to fear if you've got nothing to hide? Utter rubbish. Would you like the police to search you or your house every day? Well, if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear.
Paul Prideaux, UK

I walked into my bank the other day after I had mislaid my bank card (Not lost, but mislaid at home). I carried, my passport, a payslip (with today's date on it), an earlier payslip, my most recent bank statement, a leisure card with picture, a 5 year old bus pass with photo card and a two letters from the Inland revenue addressed to my current address. I was told that all that paperwork did not prove who I was and would only be allowed to withdraw 50. I can't wait till we have ID cards.
William Cater, UK

Why are so many people so afraid? Only criminals have things to hide. Your life should be an open book, especially to the govt, which makes us safe.
Greta Haynes, Exeter, England

The British government want to bring this in as another money spinner and not to bring us in line with the EU. As far as illegal immigrants is concerned most of them are asylum seekers who have been told they are going to be sent back home. If the government spent the money they are going to use for the ID cards in to stopping asylum seekers away this country would have less problems.
Jerry, UK

If it will cut crime, stop NHS and Benefits fraud etc, then it must be revenue positive for the government. If we are to be charged 40 a piece then in all logic either it doesn't do what it is claimed to, or it is a tax. I think we should be told which.
Stefan, UK

I got married last year and what a HASSLE it was to change my name on so many different documents. A lot of the bills were in my husband's name so I couldn't even use utility bills to support my change of details. I had to keep sending off my wedding certificate to places like my banks, employers, life insurers, the DVLA and the passport office among others. It's taken a whole year to get it all sorted. One document would just ease the bureaucracy. I'd rather have one document to prove who I am than 10.
Hazera Forth, England

Those with nothing to hide from Scotland Yard or Brussels have nothing to fear.
Ramesh Nehru, London

The ability to identify and control illegal immigrants would be a benefit
James, England
Like it or not - this has more to do with bringing us into line with our "partners" in the EU than anything else! Nevertheless, the ability to identify and control illegal immigrants would be a benefit - if our civil service were capable of enforcing our immigration laws!!!
James, England

Those who think they have nothing to fear are being very naive. Once the cards are introduced they will be used to trace people. Once some history is built up it will be used for the police to fish through the data. Catching criminals (or at least someone you think is the criminal) becomes easy if you can narrow the suspect down to a dozen or so, and then lean hard on those suspects until one cracks up.
Keith Walker, UK

Sounds a good idea at first, but the past shows us that by the time it's been debated and implemented, it will end up as nothing more than an expensive nuisance for the population!
Paul Sealey, England

Bring it on- but it won't solve anything. The criminal element will always find a way around it, a way to forge it. The people who employ those claiming benefits and the immigrants will always do so with cash because it's such cheap labour. Have I lost faith? I think so. I do not see how things will change by issuing an ID card. As with everything, a small minority of thieves, dole frauds, low lives will continue to ruin our society. My wish is to get more police on the street and stop all this 'people rights' rubbish which seems to allow 'criminal' lawyers to get criminals back on the streets due to technicalities.
Gill, UK

If the database on which the ID card scheme was based included biometric data (e.g. iris scans), there would be no need to make it compulsory to carry ID cards. If you didn't have it when requested, you could just have your iris scanned and looked up on the database - instant, unfalsifiable ID. This may raise other privacy issues, but would certainly reduce the hassle of the compulsion element.
Alex W, Oxford, UK

It is just another spying-on-the-public method!
Victoria, Staffs
I am against ID cards, because it is just another spying-on-the-public method! With all these extra checking up measures that are happening (e.g. phone calls recorded, emails and text messages read by MI5) then, in a few decades, we could easily end up down a similar road to that described in "1984" by George Orwell! Not a nice place to be!
Victoria, Staffs, UK

As a Frenchman I am used to ID cards. Never felt my freedom was endangered. On the other hand if ID cards are introduced to reduce fraud and crime I think there will be disappointment all round. They might have an impact in the beginning but France is certainly not crime or fraud free despite our ID cards
Antoine Decressac, UK

Freedom of movement, freedom of association and privacy are all democratic freedoms which ID cards will erode - we don't need them, they won't do anything to help and those of us against them will end up being criminalised for nothing. Why not just assume we are all guilty anyway and put us all under surveillance right now. Blair has no effective opposition. Coupled with ID cards, it starts to look like an oppressive state we are living in. Objectors to ID cards will immediately become criminalised.
Richard, UK

To the people who rant about the government spying on us: This country has a population of tens of millions of people. To say that the government is going to be looking at every single transaction etc we carry out is ridiculous. The scale of the operation would make it completely unfeasible. Also, it strikes me as a little arrogant of people to assume that the government is even remotely interested in all their personal activities. As for invasion of privacy, an ID card isn't going to reveal to the world your illicit affair with the next door neighbour!
Danny, UK

I would object to being legally obliged to have it on me at all times
Just another thing to remember, wallet, car keys, mobile phone, Identity card.... OK that might be in the wallet. Do I really have to carry it when I nip up the shop for a loaf of bread?! In principle I don't have a problem with it, but I would object to being legally obliged to have it on me at all times. I was born here, I work here, and if I have my way I'll die in Italy, but that's another story!

Considering how inept the government are at running projects or putting projects like this out to tender (remember the passport office fiasco?), how much do you think it would cost to start up the operation? I am sure it will cost much more than projected.
Toby, Spain

China already has this ID card beat. They now have an electronic card that gives all relevant socioeconomic data of the holder. It does not curb illegal immigration but does facilitate the expedited recovery of information, so desperately needed in criminal investigations. An ID card would be dangerous to those individuals that sanction individual rights over social rights. It is rare to find any democratic country that would vanquish one iota of their individual rights to benefit society. China may be a communist country, but they are on to something when it comes to crime prevention.
Stephen, USA

I do not see why the great majority of us should be inconvenienced because of the actions of a very small minority. The benefits of carrying a card a minimal - except for the tax man.
Jim Simpkin,UK

In reference to Jim Simpkin's comment - I find that I am generally more inconvenienced by criminality, fraud, having to produce several forms of ID to do anything etc than I ever would be by carrying a piece of plastic.
Robbie, UK

We need a standard, official identity scheme that is available to all
Graham Triggs, London, UK
We may have many potential forms of ID, but the problem is none of them are applicable to everyone. What if you don't drive? What if you aren't married? Even passports aren't available to everybody. We need a standard, official identity scheme that is available to all. Whether it should be a legal requirement to have one is debatable, but if it existed, so many of the things that require some form of ID would end up requiring it that it would be virtually compulsory. The big difference with the government putting it into law is that there is then a responsibility for them to help those that can't afford to pay.
Graham Triggs, London, UK

I had 12 years in the forces and had to carry an ID card and I had no problem with that. It is not an infringement on our privacy.
John Keys van Leersum, England

I have lived and worked in countries where it is necessary to carry an ID card with you at all times. It seems a perfectly reasonable thing to do, especially when you consider how much hassle is created at the moment to prove who you are whenever you have to open an account, identifying yourself at post office counters, proving age in pubs, etc. I got into the habit of always carrying my passport with me when I was abroad and I still do it.
Chris H, UK

I think that a lot of supporters of ID cards have not properly thought it through
Bernard, UK
For an ID card system to work it must be made compulsory to carry the card at all times and produce it on demand. Failure to do so will then have to be followed by instant arrest! You cannot give an illegal immigrant 24 hours to produce his card! I think that a lot of supporters of ID cards have not properly thought it through. Never gone out without your wallet?
Bernard, UK

We need a licence to drive a car, but people drive cars with forged licenses. We need a NI number for employment, but people work with forged NI numbers. We need a passport to travel, people travel with forged passports. We buy things with credit cards, but people use forged credit cards. Now, tell me it won't be business as usual with the new ID card.
Pete, UK

I don't think ID cards would be a good idea because the potential for forgery would be too great. A single card would probably be soon relied on alone as identity, making it easier for fraudsters.
Elaine, UK

We should carry ID cards. It will solve a lot of problems we have. It is worth having and many foreign countries do it and as people in the UK want other things to stop such as hunting so we are like the rest of the population we can be like the rest of the population and have id cards.
Kerry Smith, UK

Why do we need them? We already have passports, driving licences, marriage certificates etc. These can easily be produced if required by the authorities. 1984 here we come.
Russell, UK

One can only help but wonder what kind of ID checks will be necessary to obtain one of these cards when they're introduced. If postal applications are made using passports, birth certificates, etc, then surely people already in possession of convincing duplicates of these documents could obtain a legitimate national ID card and escape detection from that point on?
Mark, UK

I think it is a very good idea and I really do not get what so many people are getting upset about. If you have nothing to hide then you do not need to worry.
William Dryden, UK

It will save money by putting fraudsters out of action
Mark H, UK
Why do these hysterical people go on about the government spying on everyone? Millions of people will be card holders. Out of those, who exactly are the government going to be watching? I suggest no one that they don't watch already! When you apply for credit, buy a TV, look at websites etc, information is already being used. They can monitor your bank transactions, your credit card usage etc. So what difference will the card make? It will save money by putting fraudsters out of action. It will give each of us an identity, proof of who we are and who we are not. It's a good thing. The scare mongers need to stop living in James Bond land should join the rest of us in the real world.
Mark H, UK

Surely the only people that need to be worried about ID cards are those who are thinking of breaking the law in some way. However, whilst the idea of heightened security is reassuring, it does concern me where our information could end up - it's a difficult one.
Caroline Cross, UK

Never! Our liberties have been eroded steadily under this government, and this is one step beyond the Pale. And to have the cheek to charge us 40! This is a shameful proposition, and any true Labour government would never suggest such a scheme. I will refuse to carry one, no matter what the cost.
Jeremy Donald,

I think the people who feel that the government will be spying on them in some way by having these cards - need to wake up. Do they really think anyone is THAT interested in what they are doing? I think ID cards, while not necessary, could prove beneficial in many ways and I feel that the system works in other countries like the US so why not here? However, I don't think the public should have to pay for them.
Stephanie, N Ireland

I applaud the idea of the ID card, I am even not overly concerned about paying
Derek, England
Bring them on. As a fairly law abiding citizen (I routinely break speed limits) I applaud the idea of the ID card, I am even not overly concerned about paying. My only two concerns are, 1. the protection of the data and to whom it is available. 2. its validity as proof of ID does not need backing up - like a photocard driving licence has to be supported by another piece of paper.
Derek, England

I bet we loose more than 40 per year each due to crime. It is about time all of this information that, lets be honest already exists in one form or another, started working for me. Only people with something to hide - have something to hide!
Lee, England

Identity cards may well identify benefit fraudsters and illegal immigrants; the problem is that the government and judicial machinery will not be able or willing to cope with the overwhelming numbers from both categories. Bear in mind that tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have raised families here since the early seventies, and benefit fraud is a way of life for a huge swathe of the population. Does this government really want to deal with such an issue? I think not.
John, UK

I have no objection whatsoever to an ID card. But, the Government will contract out the application processing, which will then be a complete shambles. They will then pocket the monies, and spend little on detecting fraud/ forgeries, rendering them useless. The courts will do nothing about illegal immigrants other than keep hearing appeals at huge cost. Dodgy employers will employ people with no card, at minimal wages. So, its pretty pointless really!
John C, Bath, England

I will not pay for one and will not carry one as standard
Chris, UK
I will not pay for one and will not carry one as standard. I find it very interesting that this idea of ID cards keeps getting raised by the Home Office every few years and each time there is a different suggested benefit! Once introduced such cards would provide a serious threat to civil liberties. It's not what the current government would do with these items that worries me it's what future ones might do. Given ID cards and wireless technology we could start having congestion charges on people rather than cars.
Chris, UK

Is anyone seriously suggesting that the French, for example, are a subjugated and tightly controlled nation with no freedoms or rights to privacy? I suggest not. Access to benefits, passport applications, even a replacement for a passport in time when all "stamps" can be done electronically, identification at the scene of an accident are all good reasons for law abiding citizens to support the scheme. Thieves should have a harder time, it is only those on the wrong side of the law who have any reason to dislike the idea and their best interests are less important than the best interests of society.
Steve H,UK

I have no problem with carrying an ID card. I live next to Heathrow Airport where security is a big issue - an ID card would be really useful. Secondly, I really have a 'bee in my bonnet' about illegal employment - gang masters who employ people who shouldn't be working, without insurance, health and safety provision and for pathetic 'wages'. The obligatory carrying of an ID card would be very useful in fighting against this injustice. Finally, I suspect that the Government will not be able to charge Her Majesty's Subjects for their ID cards under EU law!
Elizabeth Hughes, England

To be effective they must be compulsory
Rob, UK
I have no issues with carrying an ID card; it would be extremely useful to have only one proof of ID, instead of the up to six sometimes required by various parties. However, to be effective they must be compulsory, and to be compulsory, they must be freely issued. We don't pay for an NI number do we?
Rob, UK

I have carried many forms of ID card such as Military ID card, Passport, Drivers Licence etc and I have no issue with them. I do however have a major issue with a consolidated ID card that I have to pay for as well as not knowing what all of these busybody groups can find out about me. I also do not like the idea of being forced to carry something against my will.

Having lived in Denmark for 4 years where they have ID cards and having seen the benefit they bring I think they should be introduced immediately. Reduce crime, reduce fraud, reduce illegal immigration.

My only issue is with the possible 40 charge
Neil, England
Unless you're a secret agent who knows how to avoid being tracked it's easy enough for government agencies to track you through credit card use, cashpoint use, mobile phone use etc so people saying ID cards will enable the government to spy on people easier are talking nonsense. My only issue is with the possible 40 charge.
Neil, England

How about a 'non-driver' driving licence? Just to be issued to those who haven't got driving licences, meaning that those of us who have don't need an extra card... would be cheaper to hand out too!
Kirk, Guernsey, CI

I believe ID cards were stopped in the 1950s after a woman objected to being asked for her card by a policeman who knew her personally and was just being officious. What makes anyone think it would be so different fifty years later?
Janice, England

I guess the forging of these cards will keep a few people in business for a long time
Paul, England
I already have a government issued identity card in the form of a passport. Why should we pay to get another one or are the government saying that a passport will no longer be sufficient proof of identity? I guess the forging of these cards will keep a few people in business for a long time.
Paul, England

Why doesn't the Government just tag us all with microchips like pets? This would have the same effect. If you think of it this way, the whole ID card idea becomes much more obnoxious. I don't want to be forced to carry something that may be encoded with data about me (that I haven't seen), that someone else has cooked up. What will this data be? Criminal convictions? Motoring offences? Biological history? Movements in the last 48 hours??? Who would know? Well it wouldn't be us!
Tony, UK

In principle I have no problem with having an ID card - I don't see how it infringes my civil liberties any more than does requiring a passport, a driving licence, a works pass, or any other form of ID. Indeed it may serve to rationalise the forms of ID I might require on a daily basis. However, if the government thinks it can charge us for the privilege, I think they will come unstuck because they are then infringing my rights.
Keith, England

Bring them on I say!
Alan Twomlow, UK
To all those people worried about being "tracked" just think of every time you use a cashpoint machine, or mobile phone, or walk past a CCTV camera. You are being monitored then. ID cards can only be helpful in the fight against illegal employment of those who should not be entitled, and also they would help cut down on people trying to draw benefits or service that they are not entitled to. Bring them on I say!
Alan Twomlow, UK

It's not the carrying of the card that concerns me rather it's the information encoded onto the card and the misuse to which that information may be used by the criminal element in our society.
Brian Roberts, UK

Yes, I'd be happy to carry an ID card. I already carry a passport and driving licence, so what's the difference? I've worked in several countries where carrying the ID card is compulsory and don't really understand the argument that to carry one infringes my civil liberties. As long as they are secure (i.e. not susceptible to fraud or copying) what is the problem?
Cliff, England

This is just a way to spy on the majority whilst the criminal minority will not comply. It is undemocratic, and unacceptable. This government has gone power crazy.
Lynn, UK

An ID card is about the government controlling the people
Jason, England
Being able to roam your own country without some busybody demanding your papers is the essence of being free. An ID card is about the government controlling the people. It's about time we turned the tables and controlled our government if the expression "it's a free country" is to retain a ring of truth.
Jason, England

When I applied for my current job, I had to provide my birth certificate, passport, drivers licence, marriage certificate and divorce papers to prove my identity. Imagine how much easier it will be to prove your identity with one card instead of having to produce umpteem different bits of ID 'evidence'. The only real sticking point has to be the cost, if indeed it is as high as we are being led to believe.
Liz, GB

I have a birth certificate, driving licence and various other items to confirm who I am. I certainly will not be paying over 40 for another piece of plastic which will confirm my identity. This is just as far as I am concerned another form of taxation
Andrew Mackay, UK

Rather than issue identity cards to everybody in the UK, why don't the cabinet come up with a way to stop illegal immigrants getting into the country in the first place?
Helen, UK

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