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28/7/05
NO2ID NEWSLETTER – Supporter’s Newsletter No.25 – 28th July 2005
  

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++ PLEDGE HITS TARGET & NEW 1,000,000 PLEDGE LAUNCHED

NO2ID’s Refuse pledge has now reached it’s 10,000 name target. Nearly 11,000
people have signed up to the pledge so far, raising over 100,000 for a legal
defence fund should the ID bill become law. It will remain open until 9th
October.

A second pledge (Resist) has been launched for those that feel unable to
refuse to register for an ID card but who would like to support those that do
by pledging 20 towards the legal defence fund. The target for the new pledge
is 50,000 names which will raise 1,000,000. The Resist pledge will remain
open until 31st March 2006.
See www.pledgebank.com/resist

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++ WHAT YOU CAN DO
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+ 1. SIGN ONE OF OUR PLEDGES
For those unable to refuse but will support those that do (Resist):
www.pledgebank.com/resist or by texting ‘pledge resist’ to 6022
For those that will refuse to register for an ID card (Refuse):
www.pledgebank.com/refuse or by texting ‘pledge refuse’ to 6022

Pass on or promote this message/link to as many sympathetic people and groups,
mailing lists, bulletin boards and publications as you can *without spamming*.

+ 2. CONTINUE TO LOBBY/WRITE TO YOUR MP
The Identity Cards Bill will return to the commons for a 3rd Reading probably
in October. We call on all supporters to write to or lobby/speak to your MP
(in constituency surgeries) and encourage them to vote against the Bill and to
sign EDM 263 against Identity Cards now.
Fax Westminster MPs – www.faxyourmp.com/
Early Day Motion(EDM) 263
edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=28464

+ 3. JOIN NO2ID OR MAKE A DONATION
Join NO2ID, if you are not already a paid-up member.
(There’s a membership form at www.no2id.net/downloads/membForm.pdf)
Paying anything over 15 p.a. means you qualify as a member – though most
members give a monthly amount. Regular giving is the best way to help the
campaign. For obvious reasons, we do need to know each member’s name, postal
address (including postcode) and e-mail address, but we will not voluntarily
give personal details to any outside organisation.
OR
Donate some money towards campaign expenses, we need your help.
Thank you (in advance) for your contribution. Together we can beat this.
NO2ID, Box 412, 78 Marylebone High Street, LONDON W1U 5AP

+ 4. GET INVOLVED WITH LOCAL GROUPS
We now have over 70 local groups up and down the country. Please get in touch
with your local group if you can help out locally. See
www.no2id.net/localGroups

* We also maintain a list of things you can do on our website at
www.no2id.net/getInvolved/other.php

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++ WHAT’S NEXT?
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+ LOCAL GROUPS
We have new groups in Dundee, Sevenoaks, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and
Nottingham. We encourage NO2ID supporters these areas to get in contact if you
can help (see www.no2id.net/localGroups).

We are looking for people to head up groups in the North East. Anyone willing
and able to do set up a NO2ID group in the North East should contact NO2ID
Local Groups at local.groups@no2id.net.

+ PARTY CONFERENCES

Once again NO2ID will be holding fringe meetings at the party conferences this
year, which will take place in September/October. A date is already set for
our Labour Party Conference event: 26th September, 6.30pm at the Brighthelm
Centre, Brighton.

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++ WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
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+ ID CARDS BILL COMMITTEE STAGE FINISHES

The Identity Cards Bill completed its Committee Stage on Thursday(21st July).
Debate was limited by the mostly government loyalist make up of the committee
and the time constraints imposed by the government’s guillotine. All
opposition amendments to the bill failed.

Tom McNulty the Immigration minister, very nearly gave the game away in his
closing remarks, when he said: “almost all the 45 clauses and two schedules
have been debated to the level of detail that the Committee requires.”

There were a number of opposition MPs that worked hard to try and give the
bill proper scrutiny but it was always going to be an impossible task.
Alistair Carmichael summed it up when he said: “We have nothing particular to
be proud of in seeing the Bill through Committee, but we can derive some
satisfaction from the manner in which we did it.”

The Bill is expected to get its Third Reading in the House of Commons in
October.
Read the proceedings of the committee(with link to amended bill):
www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsciden.htm

+ NO2ID PLEDGE SUCCESS SPARKS SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT MOTION

The success of our pledge attracted some media attention and even led to a
motion being lodged in the Scottish Parliament congratulating NO2ID
campaigners.
(See www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm,
motion S2M-3109)

+ HOME OFFICE RELEASES REBUTTAL OF LSE REPORT

The Home Office has published a response to the London School of
Economics(LSE) cost estimates and alternative ID card blueprint. In a mere 11
pages the Home Office attempts to rubbish the LSE’s findings but falls short
for anyone who is willing to do a little bit of research, or read the whole
report.

For instance, the Home Office response says: “The LSE’s proposal is not
costed: Very little evidence is provided that any serious work has been done
to cost the LSE’s proposal.”

But the LSE report sates clearly: “A comprehensive costing of the alternative
model will be produced later in 2005, though it is anticipated that the scheme
will involve costs that are substantially less than those imposed by the
current model.”

Read the Home Office’s rebuttal (pdf): tinyurl.co.uk/1rze
Read the LSE Report: is.lse.ac.uk/idcard/

+ NO2ID HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM PUBLIC MEETING REPORT

NO2ID Hammersmith held a well attended public meeting at the Hammersmith &
Fulham Irish centre on July 13th. Attendees heard from a variety of speakers
and then took part in a lively debate which covered issues such as the
reliability of biometrics, the potential impact upon ethnic minorities and
what could be done to promote local opposition.

Using official ballpark figures, NO2ID Hammersmith & Fulham has projected the
potential cost of ID cards to the borough’s residents at over 50 million
(approx 190,000 people x 300 a head). They believe that there are far better
uses for the money.

For more info see: www.no2id-handf.org.uk
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++ “ID” In the News
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+ Flawed ID card plan ignores past lessons
German statesman Otto von Bismarck said: ‘A fool learns from his experience. A
wise person learns from the experience of others.’ Sadly, it seems the
government never learns at all.
www.computing.co.uk/2140411

+ Evenin’ all. Name, address, DNA sample . . .
Within two years, tens of thousands of British motorists will have been
arrested, fingerprinted, DNA-tested and drug tested for minor road and traffic
violations.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1072-1709667,00.html

+ Making waves down under – The ID card and the ‘Mother of all Databases’
In the wake of the London bombings, PM John Howard has floated introducing an
Australian ID card. Back in the 1980s Howard condemned it as an ‘intrusion of
a draconian kind into the day-to-day lives of many people’.
www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/635/635p9.htm

+ Gloves Come Off in ID Card Debate
The London School of Economics is to release a follow-up to its hard-hitting
critique of the Government’s proposed national identity system, amid fierce
criticism from Whitehall over their original report.
www.egovmonitor.com/node/2097

+ ‘RFID the lot of them!’ UK ID card to use ICAO reader standard
The card’s operation as a passport, said Under Secretary of State Andy
Burnham, dictates that it will need to use ICAO standard RFID contactless
reader technology, while use of chip and PIN would allow it to be compatible
with banking and retail systems.
www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/25/id_card_goes_icao/

+ UK Presidency advances EU-wide ID card standards
At an extraordinary Council meeting held on 13 July 2005 in response to the
London bomb attacks of 7 July, EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers agreed to
give new impetus to a series of measures to fight terrorism.
europa.eu.int/idabc/en/document/4440/194

+ What’s the big ID?
ID cards look likely to create new and vicious social divisions and
discrimination, which in turn is likely to create new difficulties for the
providers of services in the caring and public sectors.
politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1536620,00.html

+ Information Commissioner wary over ID cards
The Information Commissioner’s worries include the effects of creating a data
trail from use of the card, the administrative and technical arrangements of
the scheme, and who will have access to citizen information.
www.computingcareers.co.uk/2140097

+ A false safeguard
The ID cards bill is a meld of gross tabloid unreason, political opportunism
and voter credulity. Nearly all MPs went with the flow. Few legislators
challenge a popular cause with an election due.
tinyurl.co.uk/osdq

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