Of course, I could witter on about commodity fetishism and how relations between people become relations between things and how this leads to the necessary reification of identity onto bureucratic apparati - but you've heard all that before, and besides, the wench is dead.
I've been confused by the Identity Card Bill - it's not going to be mandatory to carry it - it won't be madatory to have it (it won't be compulsory, but the secretary of state will have carte blanche, it seems to my reading, to issue regulations making it compulsory - it does have provisions for dealing with people who must compulsorilly have an ID card - vide:
(2) Regulations under this section may not allow or require the imposition of a condition on—Until then we can get by without. They seem to want to hitch the card onto the passport system - which seems quite odd when you consider that most people would take a apassport as a breed of ID anyway, so why pass a convoluted and unpopular bill.
- the entitlement of an individual to receive a payment under or in accordance with any enactment, or
- the provision of any public service that has to be provided free of charge,
except in cases where the individual is of a description of individuals who are subject to compulsory registration.
The secret lies in the database:
In this Act “registrable fact”, in relation to an individual, means—Note the sections I have highlighted - a tracking list of addresses. This is pure control, pure power on the go here. Further, a list of every access will incldue lists by security forces, every police check, every bursh with authority kept on a permenant record along with all your biometrics.
- his identity;
- the address of his principal place of residence in the United Kingdom;
- the address of every other place in the United Kingdom or elsewhere where he has a place of residence;
- where in the United Kingdom and elsewhere he has previously been
- the times at which he was resident at different places in the United
Kingdom or elsewhere;
- his current residential status;
- residential statuses previously held by him;
- information about numbers allocated to him for identification purposes
and about the documents to which they relate;
- information about occasions on which information recorded about him
in the Register has been provided to any person; and
- information recorded in the Register at his request.
If you're names not down, you're not coming in, it seems. Anyway, V for Vendetta is out this week, if you know what I mean. The graphic novel was set in a fascist britain in 1997...