*Contacting us:* Call or email the office – 020-7793-4005 or (firstname.lastname@example.org).
+ BROWN CONS OWN CONFERENCE ON ID CARDS +
The biggest cheer that Brown got at the Labour Party Conference was when delegates thought he had announced that the ID scheme had been cancelled. He did not. He only repeated the same misleading things that every Home Secretary has said about the scheme since it was first mooted. But he did so with a flourish, as if announcing something new.
This seems to have fooled a lot of people to judge from newspaper reports and our own mailbag. All Brown said was that the scheme would be ‘voluntary’ to start and would not be compulsory for a while. As ever he focussed public attention on the cards and said nothing about the database.
Remember that the Home Office’s idea of “voluntary” is probably different from yours. It means a scheme you cannot ever leave (unless it dies before you do) once you “agree” to be included. And it is a scheme that you will be compelled to “volunteer” for if you ever wish to apply for any official document “designated” by the Home Secretary, the first of which is planned to be a passport – from some point in 2011.
More explanation of the Home Office’s clever plan here: www.no2id.net/pledge/how.php
*+ Manchester: exposing the ID Card Con +*
Though it plans to force us all to take part, the UK Identity and Passport Service (UKIPS) is looking to hook a few genuine volunteers so that it can claim that the scheme is popular. For unclear reasons Manchester has been chosen as a ‘beacon city’ for this hunt for the gullible, so NO2ID is mounting a counter-campaign this autumn. It begins on the Saturdays of 10th and 17th October, when campaigners from Manchester supported by volunteers from all over the country will be taking information stalls onto the streets of Greater Manchester to begin telling the people of the North West about the reality of the ID scheme under the slogan: Don’t be a Guinea Pig.
More details here: www.idcardcon.org and Manchester NO2ID contacts in the local groups section.
What just happened?
*+ More ID scheme Statutory Instruments introduced +*
More proof that the government is pressing ahead with its ID scheme has emerged in another round of Statutory Instruments being introduced before parliament and coming into force within the next few weeks (despite parliament being in recess until 12th October). These include ‘SI 2009 No. 2574 – The Identity Cards Act 2006 (National Identity Registration Number) Regulations 2009'. This relates to the unique database number that will be issued to anyone who signs up to the scheme, it states: “A National Identity Registration Number shall provide no information in respect of a person other than that an entry in the Register has been made and that the entry has been given that number” – in other words the number will be just a number to people without access to the database. Of course what it doesn’t explain is that this number will be used to link records in multiple databases across government and the private sector, allowing dossiers to be constructed of all citizens in the scheme. * + NO2ID Northern England coordinator appointed +*
With NO2ID’s local groups network growing fast, particularly in the North where the Home Office seems currently to be concentrating its efforts, we are buttressing support for volunteers in the North of England. James Elsdon-Baker, our current volunteer co-ordinator for Yorkshire has agreed to give up his current academic job and work approximately three days a week (kindly funded by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd) helping the formation and activities of NO2ID supporters’ groups. If you are north of the Wash and south of the border and would like to start NO2ID activity in your area, then please contact James at email@example.com or 07817605162.
*+ Creeping demands for ID +*
A NO2ID supporter recently spotted disturbing evidence of a shift towards an ID culture in the UK whilst watching the channel 5 television programme “Brighton Beach Patrol” broadcast on 11th September. At around 18 minutes into the programme, a policeman rushes over to a man, pushes him against the wall and shouts “ID NOW” at him. Our supporter explains: “When the man says that he doesn’t have any ID, the policeman says that he’s under arrest for failing to provide identification and being anti-social. I’m aware that the police (and CSOs) have the power to demand your details if they have reason to believe you have been, or are, engaging in anti-social behaviour and it’s an offence to refuse or to give false details, but as far as I know this hasn’t been changed to give them the power to demand ID, although they certainly seem to think it has in Brighton”. The programme can be viewed online at: demand.five.tv/Episode.aspx?episodeBaseName=C5148650002
*+ Plans for compulsory dog chip ID / National Database of owners +*
Both the Conservative and Labour parties says they support plans to compulsorily microchip all dogs in the UK and place their owners’ details on a national database, claiming that it will help to reduce the number of stolen and stray dogs. A 2007 press release from the Dogs Trust revealed that the number of stray dogs in the UK fell by 25% between 1997 and 2007 without such extreme measures being introduced and the Control of Dogs Order 1992 already creates an offence of a dog in a public space not wearing a collar and name tag. The plans are presented as being widely supported, yet an Early Day Motion tabled in parliament in May calling for compulsory chipping has attracted the signatures of just 45 MPs, whereas EDM 1352 congratulating Burton Albion Football Club on winning the Blue Square Premier title has received 49 signatures. All horses now have to have a Horse Passport and an implanted chip, and from next year all sheep will have to have an electronic tag as well.
** *+ POWER2010 campaign wants your ideas +*
Perhaps you have a solution to departments using phoney consultation processes to railroad through a pre-determined policy. Or it might be limits on the use of statutory instruments, which have allowed the government to extend the use of ID cards without parliamentary scrutiny. Perhaps you have a way for us all to maintain ownership of our personal information. You decide. The only requirement is that it should be about improving the way our democracy works and how the decisions are made that affect our lives.
The ideas with most support will become the POWER2010 Pledge, which the campaign intends to invite every candidate standing at the next general election to make the pledge into their own public commitment, so that the new parliament will be fully aware of what the public thinks of those building-blocks of government which are fundamental but seldom covered by manifestos.
*+ Have your say – National Identity Service Public Panels +*
“ID” in the news
*+ Government changes tack on ID card tech – ZDNet 8/10/09 +*
*+ Tories put faith in passport ID – BBC News online 7/10/09 +*
*+ ID card officials back away from scandal-hit database – Computer Weekly 6/10/09 +*
*+ Politicians and celebrities granted permission to keep their names off child database – Daily Mail 3/10/09 +*
*+ A deeply flawed DNA test – The Guardian 2/10/09 +*
*+ Government reverses Brown’s passport pledge – Kable 1/10/09 +*
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor(firstname.lastname@example.org) )
*+ LOCAL GROUPS NEWS + *
To see if there’s a group in your area check our list at www.no2id.net/localgroups/ Or, if you’re interested in starting a group yourself, please contact Matty on email@example.com to discuss what’s involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
_*+ Alexandra Palace +*_
*+ 14th October – Alexandra Palace NO2ID Monthly Meeting (2nd Wednesday of month) +*
_*+ Birmingham +*_*
+ 21st October – Birmingham NO2ID Meeting + *
*+ 24th October – Birmingham NO2ID Street Stall + *
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 10th October – Cambridge NO2ID trip to Manchester +*
*+ 24th October – Cambridge NO2ID Street Stall +*
_**__*+ Canterbury +*_
To stay up to date join the Canterbury NO2ID mailing list on: lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.canterbury
_*+ Dorking +*_*
**+ 17th October – Dorking NO2ID in Manchester +*
*+ 24th October – Dorking NO2ID Street Stall +*
_*+ Dover +*_*
*To stay up to date with Dover NO2ID join our mailing list on:
_**__*+ Edinburgh + *_***** **+ 17th October – NO2ID Edinburgh day trip to Manchester +*
* **+ 26th October – NO2ID Edinburgh Meeting +*
* + Saturdays 1pm – 3pm – NO2ID Edinburgh Street Stall +*
_*+ Epsom +*_
If anyone wants to get involved in the Epsom area, please email or phone NO2ID South East Regional Coordinator Geoff Cox on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01306 631377.
** _*+ Glasgow +*_
*+ Scotland: Government consultation on Draft Principles for Privacy Protection +*
_*+ Great Missenden +*_*
+ 20th November – Great Missenden NO2ID showing of “Taking Liberties” +*
_*+ Hammersmith & Fulham +*_
*+ 31st October – Hammersmith & Fulham NO2ID Street Stall +*
*+ November date tbc – Call for Speakers for “Transformational Government” Evening*
Meantime, thanks to those who supported our ‘Database State’ evening on 24th September. We are pleased to make available our speakers’ presentations on
_*+ Ipswich +*_* * *+
14th October – Ipswich NO2ID Monthly Pub Meeting (second Wednesday of every month) + *Wednesday 14th October – for more information email Bobby at email@example.com or subscribe to mailing list at
_*+ Lancaster +*_
Subscribe to the Lancaster NO2ID e-mail list at
_*+ Leicester +*_
*+ 30th September – Leicester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
_*+ Manchester +*_
*+ 14th October – Manchester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
+ 24th October – “Freedom Come, Freedom Go!” Manchester NO2ID Redux +*
*+ Stop the ID Card Con around Greater Manchester +*_
*+ 10th October – Greater Manchester Street Stalls +*
*+ 17th October – Manchester City Centre Street Stalls, Drop-in Centre and Public Meeting + *
At 3:30pm there will be a free public meeting in the Friends Meeting House on Mount Street. We will be hosting a number of informative talks from campaigners on the issues surrounding ID cards and the Database state, which will be followed by an open question and answer session where attendees can participate in the debate. Following the meeting we will be heading out onto Albert Square to burn a mock ID card as a symbol our continued opposition to the scheme.
**_*+ Norwich +*_
*+ 13th October – Norwich NO2ID Group Meeting +*
*+ 17th October – Norwich NO2ID Street Stall +*
If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:
_*+ Oxford +*_
*+ 17th October – Oxford NO2ID day trip to Manchester*
See the website for more: no2id-oxford.org.uk/
_*+ Reading +*_* *
* _*+ Shrewsbury +*_*
+ 17th October – Shrewsbury NO2ID Lunch Club and Street Stall +*
_*+ Watford +*_* *
*+ 13th October, **10th November, 1st December**
*+ 24th October – Watford NO2ID Street Stall in Watford +*
*+ 14th November – Watford NO2ID Street Stall in Hemel Hempstead +
+ 5th December – Watford NO2ID Street Stall in St Albans + *
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