For weeks now a row has been rumbling in Scotland about plans to introduce ID cards by the back door. Is it true? And if so, how is the SNP getting away with it?
The SNP plan is not a direct example of ID cards, but it does appear to put in place all the infrastructure necessary to create them – from a unique number allocated to citizens at birth, to information sharing about people’s home address and use of public services or benefits, to the creation of a physical card itself. None of these things alone are necessarily problematic, but put them together and you have a plan which is almost identical to Labour’s ID cards scheme.
The difference is that Labour’s plans were at least going to be subject to a vote in parliament. The SNP’s plans will not feature in primary legislation at all. There will be no debate on their implementation in Holyrood. Campaigners say even the consultation was deeply misleading.
Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader. The party is pressing ahead with ID database plans.Read More »from How the SNP plans to secretly introduce ID cards