The UK Governments plans for a National ID Card go mixed reviews from the Home Office Select Committee. Whilst generally in favour and supporters of the scheme, they criticised how the government were going about trying to push through the scheme.
It savages the ID Card Bill for not clarifing the government’s aims, and by leaving clarification of the cards aims to secondary legislation. It also heavily criticises the procurement process and the secrecy behind it, and the lack of evidence that any serious techical assessments are being made about some of the proposals.
Two members of the 11-person committee, David Winnick, of the governing Labour Party, and Bob Russell of the Liberal Democrats, have issued their own minority report rejecting ID cards.
Not that you can find it of course, and not that you can track either gentleman down on a Friday either – you can leave a message for them at the House of Commons, or (in Winnick’s case on an ansafone at his constituency office; in Russell’s case the phone just rings and rings and rings). Suddenly, I am very glad that neither of these 2 gentlemen is my local MP. Both the party websites were not much better, and I couldn’t fing a website for Winnick at all. Russell has one , but virtually all the links just open up the main lib dems site, and provide little real information.