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28/9/06
NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 55 - 28th September 2006
 

ID CARDS - YOU HAVE TO LAUGH...

The fight against ID cards will take a funny turn on Sunday night (1st October). A top-notch line up of comedians will take part in a comedy fund raising gig at the Hackney Empire in London. The show 'Who do you think you are?' will raise much needed funds for the NO2ID campaign. Tickets cost just £12.50 so order one now or better still order two. The evening will be compered by Perrier award winner Daniel Kitson and headlined by Dara O'Briain (host of BBC's Mock the week and Have I got News For You). Also on the bill are Paul Sinha (Perrier nominee 2006), Josie Long (Perrier best newcomer 2006), Kevin Eldon, Wil Hodgson (Perrier best newcomer 2004), Gary Le Strange (Perrier best newcomer 2003), Andrew O'Neill, Ben Norris and Lucy Porter. Please come along and pass details of the event on to all of your friends - we need your help to make it a sell-out success. We also need people to help out on the night (sorry no free ticket), contact office@no2id.net to volunteer.

Hackney Empire Box Office 020 8985 2424 or book online at www.hackneyempire.co.uk, Tickets £12.50

Hurry - Last chance to renew your passport before price hike

On October 5th, the price of an adult passport will be raised again - from £51 to £66. The price of a passport has increased 57% in 10 months - a doubling of the price since October 2003. The price hikes are being driven by the ID cards scheme and unlikely to be the last. In addition from next year children over 16 applying for their first adult passport will be forced to attend an interview at one of 69 new UKIPS (UK Identity and Passport Service) interrogation centres. If you have not renewed your passport yet then it makes sense to do it now and buy yourself and your family 10 years' freedom from untold bureaucracy, punitive charges, invasion of privacy and the inevitable IT and administrative failures as the government merges our passports with its catastrophic ID scheme. Several supporter have told us that the Jumbo size passports have not been available for a few months and that none are expected for at least 6 months. No official announcement of this has been made.
See www.renewforfreedom.org

What's next?

Guardian Ad campaign materials

Following on from our full page advert in Monday's Guardian (featuring Tony Blair with a strategically placed barcode moustache - see http://tinyurl.co.uk/ug0w) we have large stock of postcards of the Ad, and various items of media for use in publicity stunts with street furniture, encapsulating the theme: "Tell them you're not a number".

Scottish Borders Supporters Appeal

Any supporters near Galashiels or Dumfries who would be interested in joining a new local group are asked to contact Geraint (scotland@no2id.net). Local Green MSP Mark Ballard has challenged NO2ID to set up groups in these areas where there will be new passport interrogation centres opening, and it is a challenge that we would very much like to meet. See (http://tinyurl.com/glkqs)

Party conference season - Volunteers required

We need volunteers to help at the forthcoming party conferences in Bournemouth (Conservative 1st-4th Oct) and in Hove (Green 21st-24th Sept). We also intend to cover Telford(UKIP 7th-8th October) and Perth (Scottish National Party 11th-14th Oct). Presence is important. Even a couple hours handing out leaflets to delegates is well worth while. Contact us at office@no2id.net if you can spare some time.

1st Tuesday of the month - Hackney NO2ID monthly meetings

The Hackney local group covering London E8, E5, E9 & N16 areas meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 in Cafe Bohemia by Hackney Central Station. New support very welcome to help raise awareness oner the coming months.

NO2ID Cambridge Campaign stall & student volunteers

Cambridge NO2ID will be running Saturday street stalls outside Cambridge Guildhall from 10am to noon on 14th October, and every third Saturday into the new year. Location: (http://tinyurl.com/eo42r). Volunteers to help very welcome - contact Andrew Watson via cambridge@no2id.net, or on 07710 469624. We will also have a presence at Cambridge University Student Union's Societies Fair in Cambridge's Kelsey Kerridge Sports Hall on October 3rd and 4th. If you're studying at the university and would like to help publicise NO2ID to your fellow students, please contact cambridge@no2id.net as soon as possible. (http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/societies/fair/)

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh Campaign stall

After a short break during the Edinburgh Festival NO2ID Edinburgh has resumed its regular Princes Street campaigning stall on Saturdays. We shall be at our usual location at the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel, from 1pm - 3pm this coming Saturday.  We use our stall to raise public awareness of the Identity Cards scheme, collect donations and entries for the NO2ID petition, and also to increase membership of our group.  Please do pop by for a chat if you happen to be around.   We shall be aiming to have the stall up and running most Saturdays, and new volunteers are always very welcome. You can see photos of our stall and contact details at: www.no2id-scotland.net/edinburgh/.

1st October - NO2ID Comedy Fundraiser gig - "Who do you think you are?" at the Hackney Empire

Sunday, 1st October, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ. Doors 7.30 pm. Featuring Dara O'Briain (Host of Mock the Week and Have I got News For You), Paul Sinha (Perrier nominee 2006), Josie Long (Perrier best newcomer 2006), Kevin Eldon, Wil Hodgson (Perrier best newcomer 2004), Gary Le Strange (Perrier best newcomer 2003), Andrew O'Neill, Ben Norris, Lucy Porter, with MC Daniel Kitson (Perrir winner 2002). All proceeds will go to NO2ID.
Box Office 020 8985 2424 or book online at www.hackneyempire.co.uk, Tickets £12.50

3rd October - NO2ID Glasgow Meeting

Tuesday, 3rd October at 7:30pm in Mono. Alternative arrangements: If for any reason Mono is not suitable then we will instead go to Laurie's across the road. Everyone is very welcome to attend. Map: http://www.glasgow-no2id.org.uk/meeting.html

4th October - Manchester NO2ID Flyering

Wednesday, 4th October 5:30pm - 6:30pm at Piccadilly Station. Manchester NO2ID will be taking their fortnightly flyering campaign back to Piccadilly Station, to raise awareness of the National Identity Register among Manchester commuters. This is a great way to spend an hour meeting other NO2ID supporters, as well as doing something positive for the campaign and still being home in time for tea. Meet at the bottom of Piccadilly Station approach. You won't need to bring anything other than your hands and a smile!

5th October NO2ID Brighton public meeting, "Liberty on the ropes" - your chance to join the debate

Thursday October 5th, 6pm at the Lecture Theatre Arts A2, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton. ID cards, deportations, detention without trial... have our civil liberties taken too many blows? Guest speakers: David Shayler (former MI5 agent), Phil Booth (NO2ID national co-ordinator), Plus speakers from Amnesty International and Liberty. Chaired by Dr Andrew Chitty (lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex), Introduced by Dan Glass (President, University of Sussex Students Union). Public meeting: all welcome. For more details, email brighton@no2id.net

7th October - Hebden Bridge Day of ID Register Opposition

Saturday, 7th October, 1pm - 3pm. Manchester NO2ID will be visiting Hebden Bridge in the Yorkshire Pennines to further spread the NO2ID message. Meet 11:45 outside Victoria Station for 11:54 train, alternatively 12:30pm at Hebden Bridge Station.

11th October - Manchester NO2ID Meeting

Wednesday, 11th October 7:30pm - 9pm at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester. Manchester NO2ID will be holding their monthly meeting. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and all are welcome to attend. We'll be discussing our progress since last month, planning future events, as well as general ID card news and friendly chat.

17th October - Conservative Way Forward meeting - "ID Cards and the Erosion of Civil Liberties" (£10 admission)

Tuesday, 17 October, at Wallacespace, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA(just off Drury Lane), drinks at 6.15 pm ahead of a 6.45 pm start. £5 charge on the door for members (of CWF, not just the Conservative Party), £10 charge for non CWF members, admission free to bona fide students (please bring a student identity card with you). Dress code: Business attire. E-mail gary@conwayfor.org.uk if you wish to attend. Speakers are: Rt Hon David Davis MP, Shadow Home Secretary, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of "Liberty", Camilla Cavendish, leader writer and columnist for The Times

29th November - NO2ID Public Meeting

Speakers to include Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP. Other speakers and venue to be confirmed later.

Channel 4 documentary to look at ID cards

A documentary looking at privacy intrusive technology is to be broadcast on Channel 4 in November. In the programme, called 'We Know Where You Live', journalist Henry Porter will explore how a number of new technologies are being used to support an authoritarian push against our privacy and civil liberties  - including ID cards. The documentary will air on 20th November at 9pm and 29th November at 10pm on More 4.

NO2ID to contribute to Hidden Agendas website

Over the coming months NO2ID will be contributing to the Hidden Agendas website. Hidden Agendas is aimed at young people aged 16-30 and describes itself as "the place young people go for political opinion, debate and action".
See www.hiddenagendas.org.uk


What just happened?

Gloucestershire County Council passes anti ID motion

Last Friday (22nd September) Gloucestershire County Council passed a motion against the government's ID card scheme. The motion received cross-party support and was only opposed by one member, Councillor Steve McHale - a member of the Labour group. Councillor Jeremy Hilton said it was important the council fought "this infringement on human rights". A list of councils that have passed similar motions can be found at www.no2id.net/resources/motions/index.php.

Milton Keynes Council pass a second motion against ID cards

Following on from a motion that was passed last year, Milton Keynes Council has recently passed a second, stronger motion opposing ID Cards. Unfortunately, a proposal to "affiliate to the National NO2ID campaign" was rejected. However, the motion states that the council "will assist the local NO2ID campaign in educating the residents of Milton Keynes about the dangers to privacy and freedom the scheme will create".

Manchester NO2ID Labour Party Conference Postcard Drop

With the Labour Party Conference in town, we wanted to make sure they got the NO2ID message. Armed with several thousand postcards with the new "barcode moustache" image, we went on a pub crawl around over 30 pubs and bars in the vicinity of the Conference, including the two closest hotel bars outside the Ring of Steel. 22 venues are now carrying our postcards, meaning that there's a vary good chance that any delegate who goes out for the evening will be unable to deny the existence or determination of the NO2ID campaign. In addition, every morning of this week's Labour Party Conference, representatives from Manchester NO2ID have been handing out leaflets to conference delegates. Reaction has been mostly positive. Many delegates, particularly those from unions, have happily received our material. The only negative responses have come from Labour party workers and MPs, some of whom have been vocal and aggressive in their objection to our campaigning.

Glasgow ID Survey

Glasgow NO2ID last week released the results of a comprehensive month long survey into the attitudes of Glaswegians towards the measures introduced in the Identity Cards Act. Some of the key findings (published in the Big Issue: http://tinyurl.com/lk9vu) include:
- 67% Of Glaswegians surveyed were opposed to the national ID cards
- 70% Of young people were concerned about how secure their biometric data would be including fingerprints, iris and facial scanning
- 64% Of pensioners surveyed expressed strong opposition to the cards
- 60% Of 18 to 24-year old males and 74% of females were concerned about leaving an audit trail
- 100% Of civil servants questioned expressed doubts that the government could store data securely
Further details, including the full survey data and results, are available from the Glasgow no2id website: http://www.glasgow-no2id.org.uk/survey-200609.html

Manchester NO2ID help launch Students Against ID

Students members of Manchester NO2ID have sent a clear message to the government ahead of the Labour Party Conference by forming a society opposed to the National Identity Register and Identity Cards. Over the course of Fresher's Week, some 160 students signed up for the new society, far more than required to found it. The society will act as a rallying point for students opposed to the expense, intrusion and inconvenience of the National Identity Register, and aims to encourage the Students Union itself to oppose the scheme. Andrew Bowman, Students Against ID President, said: "The creeping compulsion of the Identity Register means that students may be among its first victims when forced to register to access student loans. Students are not well-placed to deal with the red tape of the Register, nor the large fines imposed for failing to keep the Government informed of all changes of address. This invasion of our privacy and liberty comes at too high a cost to the NHS, to education, and to other areas of society, for no benefit."

Audit commission report confirms NHS info passed to Home Office

A report on the National Duplicate Registration Initiative (NDRI) released last month by the Audit commission confirms that names and addresses provided by patients to the NHS have been passed on to the home office. NDRI is a national audit of patients registered with general practitioners (GPs) in England and Wales, undertaking data matching (of electronic data) and feeding back the matches for review. Page 15, paragraph 34 of the report states: "The introduction of Home Office data enabled NDRI to identify patient registrations which related to persons who had been removed from the UK by the Home Office. In the majority of cases the registration has now been cancelled. However, the NHAIS [National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services] sites identified some cases where the person appeared to have subsequently returned to the UK. Details of these were passed to the Home Office for them to consider what, if any, action should be taken. Based on this information the Home Office has made a number of deportations." Whatever happened to the Hippocratic oath.
Read the report at: http://tinyurl.co.uk/zmni

Passport interrogations slip to early 2007

The introduction of face-to-face interviews for first time passport applications has slipped to "early 2007". The new 'Authentication by Interview' process was due to start in October but literature from the UK Passport and Identity Service (UKIPS) has quietly changed from a non-committal "late 2006" to an equally non-committal "early 2007". The delay gives us more time to set up groups in each of the towns where the new 69 interrogation centre are going to be. They're obviously under pressure, so early protest action could be especially effective. We are hoping to set up local groups in all of the 69 locations, if you can help us by forming a group in one of the areas that we do not yet have a group, please contact us at (office@no2id.net).
A map showing the location of the interrogation centres can be found at http://tinyurl.co.uk/8m3v

Home Office planning "covert" ID scheme

Sources have confirmed that the Home Office is planning to attempt a 'covert' implementation of the ID programme, hiding costs in the budgets of other projects wherever possible. Should be interesting to see what other pieces of 'critical national infrastructure' ID cards bloat or grind to a halt in the coming months.
http://www.computing.co.uk/computing/news/2164137/id-card-scheme-changes-tack


"ID" in the news

Outrage over ads depicting Blair as Hitler - Daily Mail 25/9/06

Tony Blair is being compared to Hitler in an advertising campaign against ID cards. The advert - sponsored by the Lib-Dem party and Labour MP Diane Abbott, and supported by Blur's Damon Albarn - is running in newspapers and on billboards and shows a photo of the Prime Minister with a barcode on his lip like the Nazi leader's moustache. The caption reads: "ID cards have worked well in Europe before." Campaign group NO2ID is behind the advert.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=406887&in_page_id=1770

Identity card cost 'may be cut' - BBC News Online 25/9/06

The costs of the identity cards scheme could be cut "quite substantially" by making more use of existing government databases, a minister has said. Home Office Minister Liam Byrne told a Labour conference fringe meeting he had undertaken a full-scale review of the controversial scheme in recent months. One councillor from Salford told Mr Byrne he was prepared to go to jail for his opposition to the project.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5377496.stm

EU: Interoperable IDs? - europa eGovernment News – 25/9/06

This year’s CAST Forum in Germany set out to place the latest developments in smart card and identification technology in their European context. But interoperability tests are hitting snags, due to a lack of common testing standards. If Germany’s Competence Centre for Applied Security Technology (CAST) chose to focus on identity issues this year, it is because the new German health entitlement and ID cards, biometric passports and the planned European driving licence all use chip technology.
http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/5889/194

Top ID cards job goes to Accenture's NHS IT man - silicon.com 25/9/06

The Home Office has appointed an Accenture managing partner to head up the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and oversee the introduction of the national ID cards programme. James Hall will take up his post as the first CEO of the newly created IPS on 11 October and will have overall responsibility for the operation and management of the agency, including the ID cards scheme.
http://www.silicon.com/publicsector/0,3800010403,39162711,00.htm

Accenture's NHS losses grow as NPfIT delays mount - E-Health Insider 29/3/06

Accenture, the leading management and technology consulting firm, announced a provision for a further $450 million of losses against its contract to deploy IT systems on behalf of the English NHS. The provision led to a sharp drop in quarterly profits.
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=1795

Parents' shock at fingerprinting - The Herts Advertiser 21/9/06

Parents at a local primary school were shocked to discover that their children had been fingerprinted without their consent. They only discovered what had been going on at Bowmansgreen Primary School after reading a report in last week's Herts Advertiser. Just over 72 per cent of our readers said that fingerprinting primary school children was like "Big Brother".
http://tinyurl.co.uk/nivt

NPfIT systems failing repeatedly - E-Health Insider 20/9/06

More than 110 major incident failures have been reported by hospitals and GPs over the past four months relating to systems provided by the NHS National Programme for IT. The problems, which have affected dozens of hospitals across England, were serious enough to be logged by NHS managers as ‘major incidents’.
http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/item.cfm?ID=2144

US: 2 million ID kits going to state's kids - Star-Telegram 19/9/06

Fort Worth - In an effort to speed up identification of missing children, Gov. Rick Perry announced a plan Tuesday to distribute 2 million child identification kits across the state. Each kit will include an inkless fingerprinting card, a DNA swab and preservation envelope, and a wallet card. Law enforcement officials are more likely to find an abducted child if they don’t have to spend time obtaining identifying information on the child, Perry said.
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/15560168.htm

Germany: Proposed ‘anti-terror’ database raises concerns in Germany - europa eGovernment News 18/9/06

Germany’s federal and state governments have reached agreement on the development of a new two-tier anti-terror database. But critics say it may breach the constitution. The database is to be in two parts. One will stock general details of suspected terrorists. The second tier, to which access will be more restricted, will contain data on suspects’ foreign travel and possession of weapons. It is also to store details of their religious affiliations, and this is the aspect that has given rise to the greatest controversy.
http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/5841/194

US: The ID Chip You Don't Want in Your Passport - Washington Post 16/9/06

If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it -- even if it's not set to expire anytime soon. If you don't have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don't want one of these chips in your passport.
http://tinyurl.co.uk/acrq

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


What you can do

You can help us by:

1. Joining NO2ID or donating to the campaign

Please join NO2ID, if you are not already a paid-up member. (There's a membership form at http://www.no2id.net/downloads/membForm.pdf) OR Donate some money towards campaign expenses. NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, LONDON W1H 1PJ

2. Helping to spread our message

Tell your friends and any organisations that you belong to about the NO2ID campaign and that you are supporting it. Most people are scarcely aware of the government's ID database project, and few understand the dangers. Feel free to redistribute this newsletter to acquaintances.

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