A humanitarian plea for mercy
While in Manchester the Home Secretary visited Newall Green High School in Wythenshawe to meet young people who could be some of the first to be able to apply for cards from 2010. Together they discussed how identity cards will help young people strike out on their own by opening their first bank account, renting their first flat, or perhaps travelling to Europe for the first time.
Head of security for Apacs Colin Whittaker told a conference hosted by the BCS Security Forum yesterday: Some of the features we were expecting in the ID card are not going to be present for the foreseeable future.
What the Home Secretary was telling the students of Newall Green High School has the status of wishful thinking, myth, fairy tale, ... APACS and Barclaycard had a different story to tell.
This is not the first time that the Home Offices fantasy has been confronted by reality. And each time, fantasy loses.
The point has been made before how miserable it must be to work at the Identity & Passport Service, how demotivating it must be to have your every claim instantly disproved, how undignified it is to work on a project the failure of which is guaranteed.
WIBBI* they stopped, now, instantly, in the interests of their own self-respect and worked instead on a feasible project, which must surely be the reason they joined the organisation in the first place.
* wouldn't it be better if
David Moss has spent six years campaigning against the Home Office's ID card scheme.