You also have to remember this is the same government that was insistent on introducing compulsory biometric ID cards. It was only recently they had to backtrack on their identity cards plans, after it lost 25 million child benefit records, on discs "worth up to £1.5bn" to criminals. The government is now allowing people to use passports or driving licences instead of ID cards. The proposed biometric data was cut back to just fingerprints.
The government in Britain needs to remember the famous case from the last time Britain had ID cards. In 1950, Clarence Henry Willcock was stopped while driving in London by police constable. He was asked to present his Identity Card within 48 hours. He refused, reputedly saying 'I am a Liberal, and I am against this sort of thing'. He was prosecuted, and fined.
Mr. Willcock appealed, Willcock vs Muckle. Although he lost the appeal, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, spoke out against the continued use of compulsory Identity Cards and commented that they "tend to make people resentful of the acts of the police". The comments are thought to have influenced Winston Churchill's decision to scrap compulsory national Identity Cards in 1952.
Falcarius goes off to put on the BBC 2, so he can watch Prime Minister's Questions.