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NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No. 123 – 21st May 2009

*Contacting us:* Call or email the office – 020-7793-4005 or (office@no2id.net).

+ VOTE OF THANKS +

NO2ID has big tasks ahead, as you will see from reading this edition of the newsletter. But NO2ID only exists because of its supporters. “The most brilliantly organised campaign of recent times” (Henry Porter) could not be organised without all those people reading this who lend us a hand or a hand-out.

We don’t know everyone who is involved – there are loads of people running their own mini-NO2ID campaigns by wearing a badge or tee-shirt and talking to those who ask about it. But all are making a vital contribution to changing public opinion.

We don’t even know everyone who gives us money, the hundreds of people every month who make it possible for us to maintain the office, pay an office manager, support local groups, print the materials, and hold the briefings that inform the political and media arguments. There are regular standing orders and bank transfers that are untraceable, anonymous postal orders, and dozens and dozens of cheques.

We would like to thank you all individually, but we don’t even know who you are and would always respect your privacy anyway. Unlike the government we don’t ‘need to know who people are’. Most things can be done perfectly well anonymously. Thank you.

Guy Herbert, General Secretary

*+ NO2ID’s Company +*
Since its hurried start in 2004 NO2ID has been an unincorporated association, a club, which has some disadvantages. The 2007 AGM approved the creation of a non-profit company also called NO2ID to carry on the campaign, a more common structure for a large campaigning organisation. This has now been done. The guarantors of the company are the advisory board elected at the 2008 AGM, and the directors are Phil Booth and Guy Herbert. The Association will continue in existence for the foreseeable future, and if you are a paid-up member of the Association, you will automatically become a Campaign Member recognised by the new NO2ID for as long as your Association membership lasts and it will soon become possible to become a Campaign Member directly. The principles remain the same, the personnel remain the same, but we will be fitter for the future.

What just happened?

+ Pilots to fight ID cards at Manchester Airport +

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has stepped up its campaign against the ID scheme and in particular its compulsory nature. Pilots and other airside workers at Manchester Airport will have to apply for the card – or lose their jobs. BALPA General Secretary Jim McAuslan said: “Parliament was told by the Government that the scheme would be voluntary. But pilots are told that if they have no ID card they will not be allowed airside and if they cannot get airside they cannot fly, and they lose their jobs. This is intolerable”. BALPA say they will resist the scheme “with every lawful means at our disposal” including legal action, fighting it in Parliament and seeking the support of the travelling public. The government has said that all pilots and airside workers will be required to have ID cards and the next airport to be targeted will be London City Airport. In a recent survey of BALPA members for every pilot in favour of the national ID scheme there were six against.

+ National Identity Cards Scheme Draft Orders laid before Parliament +

Four new Statutory Instruments under the Identity Cards Act 2006 were published last week. Statutory Instruments provide the detailed regulations which implement Acts of Parliament. One of the orders relates to designated documents – when an individual applies for a designated document that individual must apply at the same time to be entered in the National Identity Register and apply for an ID card. The order seeks to make a criminal conviction certificate (issued as part of a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check) for those applying for an airside pass a designated document. This is the way in which the government will force airport staff on to the ID scheme. The other orders relate to fees, Information and Code of Practice on Penalties and Provision of Information without Consent. For more details see the report on SpyBlog at
spyblog.org.uk/2009/05/national-identity-cards-scheme
-creep---4-draft-orders-laid-before-parliament.html

+ Even UK security firm criticises Manchester ID scheme ‘launch’ +

UK security manufacturer TSSI has spoken out against the latest ‘launch’ of the government’s ID scheme in Manchester – where residents over 16 with a UK passport will be able to apply for a card this autumn. John Barker, general manager of TSSI Systems Ltd said: “The scheme works on the assumption that people will apply on a voluntary basis although it is not entirely clear what the real benefits to members of the public are.” On the issue of cost Barker added: “The estimated cost of the project to the Home Office is about £5bn, but Dr Whitley of the London School of Economics estimates that the last four years has already seen astronomical costs of between £10 and £20 billion. With spiraling costs it seems that the government has already bitten off more than it can chew.” The government has tried to claim that much of the cost of the ID scheme is required to upgrade passports but as Dr Whitley recently told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “some of the costs that they have been claiming are required to satisfy international obligations for improving passports but they are not actually obligations on the UK government but rather they are political choices that have been made rather than international requirements”.

+ The hidden costs of ID cards +

The government has claimed for some time that the price of an ID card will be £30. However the trial in Manchester reveals that the plastic card will cost £30 and biometric enrolment will cost another £30. Draft orders published under the ID card act now reveal that an ID card is £30 if the application accompanies an application to be entered in the National Identity Register, the database behind the scheme. But if they are not done together then the cost of an ID card is £30 and the cost of going on the database is yet another £30.

+ Photo ID to visit Orkney? +

One NO2ID supporter who recently travelled to Orkney by ferry was shocked when NorthLink Ferries said they require photo ID for all passengers over 16. When he wrote to Northlink they replied that it was because the ferry was going into international waters but one glance at the map showed this was rubbish. They then replied that it was for security and safety reasons. When travelling he asked again and they said it was because the vessel was over a certain size and EU regulations demanded it. Soon photo ID could be required for all such journeys – the government’s CONTEST strategy lays out plans for “police powers to collect advance passenger data on some domestic air and sea journeys”.

What’s next?

**

*+ Volunteers needed for Mark Thomas gigs +*
Mark Thomas has invited NO2ID to help at some of his shows this year. NO2ID needs volunteers to help out as Mark tours around the country – we still need volunteers for the following gigs: Wellingborough 9th June, Barnstable 12th June, Bridport 18th June, Stockton on Tees 23rd June, Lincoln 24th June, Bath 25th June – email Matty on local.groups@no2id.net if you can help. For details of gigs see
www.markthomasinfo.com/section_gigs/

*+ Communications Data consultation +*
The Home Office has launched a consultation on proposals for the so-called Intercept Modernisation Programme whereby the government wants internet service providers and telecommunications companies data to store details of all UK emails, phone calls and web activity so that public authorities can get hold of that information when they want it. The consultation ends on 20 July 2009. Full details and how to respond at
www.tellthemwhatyouthink.org/consultation/con
-2217-protecting-public-changing-environment

*+ DNA Database consultation +*
The government has launched a consultation ‘Keeping the right people on the DNA database’. The consultation closes on 7th August – responses can be emailed to (DNAconsultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk). For details of the consultation and links to the relevant consultation documents see
www.tellthemwhatyouthink.org/consultation/
con-2255-keeping-right-people-dna-database

+ 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 local.groups@no2id.net to discuss what’s involved and what we have in place to support coordinators and their groups.

_*+ Alexandra Palace +*_

*+ 17th June – Alexandra Palace NO2ID 1st Meeting +*
Wednesday, 17 June at 8.15pm at The Gate pub on Station Road, N22 7SS. Directions: The Gate is opposite Alexandra Palace station (overground line) and a short walk from Wood Green tube station (Picadillly Line). The W3 stops outside.(map
www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=530331&y=190498&z=0&ar=Y). Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or committed. Please bring a friend. For more information contact alexandra.palace@no2id.net

If you are interested in the work of the Alexandra Palace group or are planning on attending the meeting please join the mailng list on:
lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.alexandra-palace

_*+ Birmingham +*_

*+ 23rd May – Birmingham NO2ID Stall +*
City centre stall – contact birmingham@no2id.net or 07734 087470 for details.

*+ 26th May – Birmingham NO2ID Meeting (last Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday, 26th May 7.30pm in the boardroom in Bennett’s Bar, Bennett’s Hill, B2 5RS. NO2ID Birmingham holds regular monthly meetings on the last Tuesday of the month. This month’s meeting will be looking into the European elections.

_*+ Cambridge +*_

*+ 30th May – NO2ID Stall in Ipswich*
Saturday, 30th May – Cambridge NO2ID and Norwich NO2ID will be running a street stall in Ipswich as part of an effort to re-start the local group there. A car will be leaving Cambridge around 0900 to drive over with the stall equipment, and there’ll be a couple of spare seats for any volunteers who want to come with us. NO2ID supporters in the Ipswich area are also very welcome to join us on the stall. Please contact Andrew on 07710 469624 for more details.

*+ 1st June – Joint Amnesty/Oxfam/NO2ID European Election Hustings in Cambridge +*
Monday, 1st June 8pm at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street. Amnesty International Cambridge city group, Cambridge Oxfam Group and Cambridge NO2ID are collaborating to organise a European Election Hustings. MEP candidates or party representatives from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and UK Independence parties will be present to state their positions on all relevant issues, and answer questions from the audience. Attendance is open to all, and free (but donations are appreciated). Map:
www.aardvarkmap.net/mape/D8VVUR2D

*+ 6th June – NO2ID Stall at Cambridge Strawberry Fair +*
Volunteers needed to man the stall at Cambridge Strawberry Fair for 2 hour shifts from 10am until 6pm: please contact cambridge@no2id.net, or text/call Andrew Watson on 07710 469624. We signed up 500 supporters last year – we’d like to improve on that number this year. (Strawberry Fair info:
www.strawberry-fair.org.uk)

_*+ Camden and Islington +*_ ** *+ 2nd June – NO2ID Camden & Islington Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday, 2nd June 8pm at The The Kings Head, 59 Essex Road, Islington, N1 2SF (
www.fancyapint.com/pubs/pub469.html). Directions from Angel tube: Turn right and walk up the High Street keeping to the left. Go through the antique market area and pass the Tesco’s Metro. Walk for a further 2/3 minutes (passing the Queen’s Head pub) and cross the road using the zebra crossing – the Kings Head is in front of this zebra crossing. For more info email camden@no2id.net or join the mailing list at: (
www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.camden). All welcome.

_*+ Canterbury +*_*

**+ 30th May – Joint action: Protest at Dover Interrogation Centre +*
Saturday, 30th May (joint action with Dover NO2ID) protest at Dover Interrogation Centre. More details to follow. Please contact us or come to the May meeting if you’re interested in taking part – canterbury@no2id.net / 07792 567087.

_*+ Cheltenham +*_

The Cheltenham NO2ID group meet on the last Thursday of the month at 19.30 in The Swan, 37 High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1DX. All welcome.

_*+ Dorking +*_

Preparations have begun for our Question Time public meeting on 9th September at Bourne Hall and as something of a first for a NO2ID group, we have a government minister coming along — Michael Wills MP, Minister of State for the Ministry of Justice. Also on the panel Chris Grayling Shadow Home Sec and our own Phil Booth.

*+ 23rd May – Street Stall in Kingston +*
Saturday, 23rd May – Dorking Group are heading north to help Kingston with their first street stall.

*+ 2nd June – Dorking NO2ID Meeting (1st Tuesday of month)+*
Tuesday, 2nd June 7.30pm at the Lincoln Arms, near Dorking mainline station. All welcome. Also beginning to prepare for our big Public Meeting / Question Time on 9th September with the Shadow Home Sec. We need to fill a hall with 350 people, so every bit of help is needed.

_*+ Dover +*_

*+ 30th May – Joint action: Protest at Dover Interrogation Centre +*
Saturday, 30th May (joint action with Canterbury NO2ID) protest at Dover Interrogation Centre. See Canterbury above.

_*+ Edinburgh + *_**** *+ 30th June – NO2ID Edinburgh Meeting +*
Tuesday 30th June at 7.00pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. Members meeting and brief AGM. More details in due course at (www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/future_meetings.html. All welcome. * Saturdays 1pm – 3pm – NO2ID Edinburgh street stall* Every week, weather permitting, you will find our campaigning stall at the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel. Do drop by for a chat. New volunteers – please contact John (edinburgh@no2id.net), and for more group information see
www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/

_*+ Epsom +*_

Come on Epsom group — things are hotting up. A government minister is coming along to your Question Time public meeting at Bourne Hall on 9th September 7.30pm. He is Michael Wills MP, Minister of State for the Ministry of Justice. Also on the panel Chris Grayling Shadow Home Sec and our own Phil Booth. Help needed to publicise this as widely as possible — we need to fill the hall. If you can help, email Geoff on epsom@no2id.net.

If anyone wants to get involved in the Epsom area, please email or phone NO2ID South East Regional Coordinator Geoff Cox on south.east@no2id.net or call 01306 631377.

** _*+ Glasgow +*_

*+ 2nd June – Glasgow NO2ID Meeting (reverting to 1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday, 2nd June at 8pm in Mono. All welcome. Please contact Geraint for further details: glasgow@no2id.net

_*+ Hammersmith & Fulham + *_ *+ 30th May – Hammersmith & Fulham NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 30th May, 11.00-12.00 (min.). Stall with petitions and leaflets planned for main Chiswick High Rd shopping centre. Look for us near Marks and Spencer, map ref:
www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=521030&y=178545&z=0&s
v=W4+1PJ&st=2&pc=W4+1PJ&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf

More information from Brian Mooney, 07976 414913.

_*+ Hebden Bridge +*_

***+ 28th May – Hebden Bridge NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday 28th May 7.30pm at the Fox and Goose. We will be planning practical activities. Please email hebden.bridge@no2id.net for further information.

_*+ Kensington and Chelsea +*_

*+ 24th May – Kensington & Chelsea NO2ID Street Stall, Portobello Green +*
Sunday, 24th May – tall at Portobello Green on Sunday 24th May . Come and help or stop and buy one of our ever popular mugs and save the horrendous P&P charges.

*+ 13th June – Kensington & Chelsea NO2ID Street Stall, Constitution Group Conference +*
Saturday 13th June at The British Constitution Group Conference at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

*+ 20th June – Kensington & Chelsea NO2ID Street Stall, TUC Conference Hall +*
Saturday, 20th June 09:30-16:30 at TUC Conference Hall, Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

*+ 21st June – Kensington & Chelsea NO2ID Street Stall, Earl?s Court +*
Sunday, 21st June Earls Court Street Fair

July date to be agreed but probably the 2nd Sunday in Portobello Road.

_*+ Kingston-Upon-Thames +*_

*+ 23rd May – Kingston NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 23rd May 9am – 3pm. We are holding our first stall in Kingston Upon Thames’ market square and are hoping for local MPs and a well known political band to attend to sign the pledge.

*+ 30th May – Kingston NO2ID Meeting +*
Saturday, 30th May 4pm at the Kingston Mill pub, 58-62 High Street, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 1HN. All welcome! For more details contact Charlotte Turner at (kingston@no2id.net). If you are interested in the work of the Kingston group or planning on attending the meeting, please join the Kingston-Upon-Thames mailing list here:
lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.kingston-upon-thames

_*+ Leeds +*_

*+ 30th May – Leeds NO2ID Meeting +*
Saturday, 30th May from 1pm on Briggate, weather permitting. Drop by and offer your services to the cause, or email leeds@no2id.net.

_*+ Manchester +*_

*+ 2-4th June – Manchester NO2ID at Mark Thomas gigs +*
2nd, 3rd and 4th June 8pm at the Dancehouse Theatre on Oxford Road – comedian and activist Mark Thomas has invited Mancehster NO2ID to help out at three gigs. The show is called “It’s the Stupid Economy”, and is centred around collecting ideas from the audience for a manifesto. If you’re free on one of these evenings, prepared to spend your evening helping out and listening to a very funny satirical comedian, supporting the NO2ID campaign and having fun, then please visit
manchester.no2id.net/content/mark-thomas
-its-stupid-economy-tour-manchester

*+ 13th June – Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
13th June, 2-4pm in St. Ann’s Square in Manchester City Centre (down near the big Marks and Spencer), to raise awareness among the public and engage people in discussion about the National Identity Register. We’ll be collecting signatures for the NO2ID petition to keep people in touch with the campaign. We’ll meet in the square itself at 2pm to set up shop; feel free to join us to lend a hand or just chat. You don’t need any experience or equipment, just a bit of time to spare and a friendly smile!

*+ 17th June – Manchester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Wednesday, 17th June 2009 7pm-9pm in the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester. Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair-accessible; please contact us on manchester@no2id.net if you have accessibility needs. We are always looking for volunteers to take and type up minutes from our meetings; it’s an easy way to help the campaign! The Town Hall Tavern serves reasonably-priced, good quality food until 9pm so you don’t need to pop home for tea – you can even order your meal brought up to the function room.
manchester.no2id.net/content/monthly-meeting-june-2009

_*+ Newport +*_

*+ 15th June – Newport NO2ID 1st Meeting +*
Monday, 15th June, 7pm at House Morgain, Chelston Place, Newport NP20 5LX. Please do put this in your diary and come to meet me/ us. Coffee/ tea/ wine/ beer as you will. You can email, Shan Morgain on newport@no2id.net or join the mailing list at
lists.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.newport

_*+ Norwich +*_

*+ 13th June – Norwich NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 13th June 1pm-3pm at The Haymarket, Gentleman’s Walk – please come along to express your discontent at this expensive and intrusive scheme. It should hopefully be sunny and cheerful, but best bring a brolly and a smile in case!

*+ 16th June – Norwich NO2ID Group Meeting +*
Tuesday, 16th June 7.30pm-9pm at The Workshop (opposite The Black Horse) on Earlham Road. It’s a friendly atmosphere so drop in and join us to discuss how we can build support for the campaign and spread the word further.

*+ 22nd June – Mark Thomas – It’s The Stupid Economy Stall +*
Monday 22nd June sees Mark Thomas bringing his political comedy to Norwich. He has helpfully agreed to let us put a stand up to inform people about the cause, starting 7pm-8pm and then after the show 10pm-11pm approx. For more information contact norwich@no2id.net

If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:
www.no2id.net/mailman/listinfo/no2id.norwich

_*+ Oxford +*_

*+ 25th June – Oxford NO2ID Public Meeting +*
Thursday, 25th June 8pm in the Sutro Room at Trinity College. This will feature a series of speakers discussing identity and privacy in the modern age. All welcome. Guests will include: * Robert Buckland (Tory candidate, Swindon South), * Steve Goddard (Lib Dem candidate, Oxford East), * Peter Hitchens (Columnist, Mail on Sunday), * Peter Tatchell (Human Rights Campaigner, Green candidate, Oxford East), * Glyn Wintle (Open Rights Group)

See the website for more:
no2id-oxford.org.uk/

_*+ Redbridge +*_

*+ 24th May – Redbridge Green Fair +*
Sunday, 24th May 11.30ma – 7pm at Valentines Park, Ilford. Redbridge NO2ID will have a stall at the Redbridge Green Fair. Free entry. Contact Paul at redbridge@no2id.net / 07801 429782. See www.rgf.org.uk for details of the event.

_**__*+ Sheffield +*_

*+ 30th May – Sheffield NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 30th May 11am-2pm Fargate

*+ 6th June – Sheffield NO2ID at Peace in the Park, Ponderosa +*
Saturday, 6th June at the Ponderosa, Netherthorpe (see
web.peaceinthepark.org.uk/)

** *+ 10th June – Sheffield NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 10th June at 7.30pm at The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG (
maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=s3+8gg).

_*+ York +*_

*+ 4th June – York NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday, 4th June 7.30pm at at the Black Swan on Peaseholme Green, YO1 7PR. All welcome.

“ID” in the news

*+ We must not get complacent – the government still wants ID cards – The Guardian 15/5/09 +*
Just in case anyone thought the government had resigned itself to the certainty that ID cards would be abolished, here are the new draft orders laid before parliament under the Identity Cards Act 2006.
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/
henryporter/2009/may/15/idcards-privacy

*+ ID scheme will cost £400m annually – Kable 11/5/09 +*
If start up costs of £300m are included, the National Identity Scheme looks set to cost government and citizens around £4.3bn more than the cost of current passports over a decade.
www.kable.co.uk/national-identity-scheme-11may09

*+ What did Manchester do to deserve the ID card trial? – The Telegraph 8/5/09 +*
Jacqui Smith, who is obviously determined to Keep Calm and Carry On while the nation’s attention is engaged by other matters, said on Wednesday that “ID cards will deliver real benefits to everyone, including increased protection against criminals, illegal immigrants and terrorists.” Yawn. No, they won’t. I’d have switched her off, only she suddenly said that they’d be “rolled out” in Manchester this year. Why? I’m fond of Manchester. What did Manchester ever do to deserve ID cards?
www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/vickiwoods/5297635/
What-did-Manchester-do-to-deserve-the-ID-card-trial.html

*+ DVLA issues thousands of duplicate tax discs due to computer error – Daily Telegraph 7/5/09 +*
More than 60,000 duplicate tax discs have been issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency because of a computer error.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5292111/DVLA-issues-thou
sands-of-duplicate-tax-discs-due-to-computer-error.html

*+ Are passport fees paying for ID cards? – Computer Weekly 8/5/09 +*
Bill Crothers, CIO of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), and its chief executive, James Hall, tell it like it is. Sometimes when officials talk to journalists they know immediately what the reporter wants to write – and they confuse, deliberately or not. Crothers and Hall are not like that. Two things were clear to us at the outset – before the interview – and were still clear afterwards.
www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/04/08/
235570/are-passport-fees-paying-for-id-cards.htm

*+ Ploughing on – The Economist 7/5/09 +*
Toothbrush, soap, biometric fingerprints: shopping lists at pharmacies will soon be more exotic, now that the government has announced plans to let chemists, post offices and assorted other high-street shops process applications for its controversial new identity cards. On May 6th Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, announced that from this autumn the scheme, which until now has applied only to certain non-European folk, would be tried out in Manchester.
www.economist.com/world/britain/display
story.cfm?story_id=13612124&fsrc=rss

*+ ID card scheme costing £125K a day – The Mirror 7/5/09 +*
Documents seen by the Mirror show that £31,923,000 was shelled out on advisers during 2008 – equal to £3,644 an hour.
www.mirror.co.uk/your-mirror/mirror-archive/front-
pages/2009/05/07/i-debit-cards-115875-21338476/

*+ Introduction of ID cards is bloody-minded idiocy – The Mirror 7/5/09 +*
Despite opposition across the country and a mammoth estimated cost of £5billion, the decision to continue with the introduction of ID cards is not courageous politics but bloody-minded idiocy.
www.mirror.co.uk/opinion/voiceofthemirror/2009/05/07/intro
duction-of-id-cards-is-bloody-minded-idiocy-115875-21339234/

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor (newsletter@no2id.net) )

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