A word in your ear, Home Secretary, if I may
"WIBBI* the government listened to people, a thoughtful person may say.
Well, good news, thoughtful person, they do. It says so in this press release from the Home Office:
ID cards are on time, and on budget
We cant just take their word for it, of course. We need to test this claim that they listen.
In order to do so, take a look at this part of the press release:
Talks begin with businesses
A prospectus is available on application, to any organisation interested in registering peoples biometrics:
Service providers facilities
This is odd.
Back in 2004, at the end of our biometrics registration session, each participant in the UKPS biometrics enrolment trial was given a questionnaire to complete, please see Atos Origin report, p.298:
Q27. Which of these types of locations if any do you feel would be suitable for biometric passport enrolment in the way that you have just done?
The results are discussed at length from p.120 onwards. In summary:
As for the type of locations participants would favour enrolments to be conducted in, the more institutional locations are the highest scorers, i.e. post offices, passport offices, banks, police stations and town halls. The least liked locations are the open spaced venues for example community centres and supermarkets. Compared with the White subgroup, the BME sub-group prefers post offices, with the former showing more preference for passport offices and police stations.
Numbers are available from p.143 onwards. Post offices and passport offices are the preferred locations of between 60 and 80% of participants. Supermarkets get between 20 and 40% of votes.
There were 10,000 participants in the UKPS biometrics enrolment trial. The Home Secretary already knows that people expect biometrics registration to take place at official locations, not retail outlets measuring footfall, were not customers.
She has known for four years.
And yet here she is now promoting the opposite.
She is not listening.
Support for the NIS is fragile enough ID cards can only make our life harder. The Home Secretary seems to be trying to reduce it even further. Soon absolutely no-one will want this foreign invasion of our everyday lives. Truly, she is better at making the case against the NIS than us thoughtful people listen to her, even if she doesnt listen to them.
* WIBBI = wouldn't it be better if
David Moss has spent six years campaigning against the Home Office's ID card scheme.