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NO2ID, NO to IDs for children

Yesterday evening I read about still another ID plan by the government - this one for children, which will place children with all their vital information on a government database accessible to 390,000 people (I kid you not) and with no allowance for any parent to take their child off the list for any reason.

There is no reason to believe that these details will be held confidentially and no reason to think that the government will do anything worthwhile with them - unless someone thinks taking a child away from his parents because he is overweight is worthwhile - and there is every reason to believe that the list will be put to bad use because that is what happens when a government has too much information and too much power and this government has both.

When I read this I felt a terrible rage against the government and all its works and I wondered if Orwell knew something or dreaded something that I should know and dread - something that led him to place 1984 in a place that is, or was, recognizably England.

But there are people who are trying to do something about this, including the Lords, who have thrown out ID bills, and the Scottish Parliament, and especially the group called NO2ID, which needs your support if you are British and if you are a parent.

NO2ID is a campaigning organisation. We are a single-issue group focussed on the threat to liberty and privacy posed by the rapid growth of the database state, of which "ID cards" are the most visible part. We are entirely independent. We do not endorse any party, nor campaign on any other topic.

We aim to publicise the case against state identity management among the general public, in the media, and at every level in government. NO2ID's members are from all sorts of backgrounds and hold all sorts of opinions on other questions. They almost certainly include people much like you. Please support us.

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