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NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No. 132 – 24th September 2009

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The UK Identity and Passport Service (UK-IPS) will unveil a marketing campaign for its ID scheme tomorrow (Friday 25th September) based on animated fingerprint characters. The Home Office is propagandising *businesses* rather than the general public in an attempt to give the impression that the ID scheme is moving forwards whilst in reality nothing much is actually happening.

You may not see the advertising as it targeted at traders, but it is your money paying for it. The insulting animated fingerprints campaign is aimed at persuading retailers who have to comply with age restrictions that ID cards are a fait accompli and that there is public demand. The opposite is the case. ID cards are going to be vanishingly rare for a long time to come, and it would be a foolish businessman who changed anything he did because of them – particularly since it is *unlawful* to demand to be shown someone’s ID card without giving them a reasonable alternative – and most people who might be affected already have plenty of alternatives in the form of PASS cards as well as driving licenses, etc.

UK-IPS chief James Hall has already begun a ‘charm offensive’ in the licensed trade press, attempting to undermine existing well established proof of age schemes and talk up the inclusion of biometrics – despite the fact that shops and pubs will not have machines to read fingerprints, and that UK-IPS’ own guidance predicts problems with visual checks in pubs and clubs. They have also recently been polling businesses to try and discover what would be most likely to make them start using the scheme with their employees, so we can expect another campaign based round that theme to appear at some stage.

This latest, desperate attempt to market the ID scheme is patronising hype. Having failed to come up with any convincing benefits, officials are set to waste millions shoving ID cards down the throats of shops, of licensees, and of young people who already have alternatives. The UK-IPS is treating the public and businesses like children if it thinks giving fingerprints smiles will make us all happy to be fingerprinted.

Anyone signing up for a Home Office “identity card” has agreed to report to an official database for life, and lost control of their own identity information for ever. It is nothing to smile about.

*+ Reminder: Launch of our counter campaign +

*NO2ID will launch a counter campaign in Greater Manchester on the 10th October and Central Manchester on the 17th October. On Saturday 10th October there will be a day of action with NO2ID groups and supporters from around the UK heading to selected locations in Greater Manchester to hold street stalls, leaflet and spread the word. The following Saturday, 17th October, we shall be running more street stalls in central Manchester and holding a public meeting at the Friends Meeting House in Mount Street. For more details see Manchester and your local group in the local groups section below


What just happened?

*+ Pointless ID Scheme Commissioner appointed +*

The government has appointed Sir Joseph Pilling as the first ‘Identity Commissioner’ for the ID cards scheme – a role that is toothless and irrelevant. The new Commissioner cannot investigate criminality, issue any sanction for breach or misuse or even demand compliance with the Act which he is supposed to oversee. The UK Identity and Passport Service (UK-IPS) press release states: “The new Identity Commissioner will act independently and on behalf of the public to ensure that information held on the National Identity Register is accurate and secure as well as monitoring the use identity cards are put to by both public and private sectors”. It is hard to see how Pilling, who began his career with the Home Office in 1966 and has spent his entire career being the soul of discretion in various Departments of State, could be described as “independent” or be expected to act as a whistleblower.

*+ NO2ID Database Man advert is “decent and true” +

*The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that NO2ID’s advert ‘Database Man’ is decent, true and substantiated following a single complaint from a reader of the New Statesman in July, The advert, designed to highlight the threat to privacy posed by the proposed existence of a National Identity Register, specifically insider abuse, and indirectly to highlight the data sharing, collating and cross-referencing functions of the Register, has been run in various publications since 2005. The advert can be downloaded at The full adjudication is at

*+ National DNA Database Ethics Group Annual Report released +

*The 2nd Annual Report of the National DNA Database Ethics Group has been released. The report criticises the government’s response to the European Court of Human Rights ruling that keeping the DNA of people arrested but not charged was unlawful. The report can be downloaded at


What’s next?

** *+ POWER2010 campaign wants your ideas +*
NO2ID supporters are invited to contribute ideas for the POWER2010 campaign, which will set out a reforming agenda at the next general election. Naturally NO2ID would like ideas about curtailing the database state to feature, but you are certainly not limited to that. You can contribute ANY ideas for governmental reform on the campaign’s website at:

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.

*+ London: Mark Thomas gig volunteers required +*
Mark Thomas has a run of gigs at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn every evening (except Sunday) until 3rd October and we need volunteers to help out. Please email Matty Mitford on with your availability if you’d like to help out.

*+ Party Conferences +*
NO2ID does not have fringe meetings at any of the main party conferences this year, but we will be aiming to leaflet delegates in order to complement an advertising campaign in the political magazines that are distributed to delegates. Phil Booth ( will be in Manchester for the Conservative Party Conference (5th to 8th October) and in Brighton for the Labour Party Conference (27th September to 1st October). If you are a delegate or local resident and would like to help out, please contact the appropriate person – putting “[Party] Conference” in the subject line of your email.

*+ London Globe Theatre – ‘A New World’ – A Life of Thomas Paine +*
Until 9th October at The Globe Theatre, Bankside, London. A New World brings to life a world turned upside down by notions of freedom and liberty. American independence and French revolution, battlefields and bedrooms, prisons and printing presses are all brought to the Globe stage in this compelling story of a remarkable man. This world premiere celebrates the life and loves of Thomas Paine with songs, music and a huge carnival spirit. The much-acclaimed writer Trevor Griffiths is best known for his landmark play Comedians and Oscar-nominated screenplay Reds. For more info visit

*+ Have your say – National Identity Service Public Panels +*
The UK Identity and Passport Service (UKIPS) is setting up public panels around the country to get the views of members of the public as they build the “National Identity Service”. The UKIPS website states that “Independent scrutiny is vital to the success of the National Identity Service (NIS)”. Apparently they want to “put the public at the heart of our service” and are “committed to making sure that the way we work is completely transparent and that people, businesses and the Government know their rights and responsibilities”. Public panels will be made up of 11 members, and will meet for half a day up to three times a year. The aim is to “produce an Identity Rights Charter. This will set out the rights and responsibilities people, businesses and the Government have under the NIS”. To join a panel you can fill in the online form at or call 020 3356 8174. More details at


“ID” in the news

*+ Euro project to arrest us for what they think we will do – The Regsiter 23/9/09 +*
Radical Think Tank Open Europe has this week exposed a study by the EU that could lead to the creation of a massive cross-Europe database, amassing vast amounts of personal data on every single citizen in the EU. The scope of this project also reveals a growing governmental preference for systems capable of locking people up not for what they have done, but for what they might do.

*+ Home Office stonewalls ID findings – The Register 22/9/09 +*
The Home Office is refusing to release ‘research’ it carried out which was meant to prove just how very keen young people in the UK are to get hold of a delicious ID card. The department blew almost £80,000 setting up a site to find out what people aged between 16 and 25 thought of ID cards. The site operated from July to mid-October and was run by Virtual Surveys. It suffered some early teething problems ( when admins were accused of censoring comments.

*+ DVLA Flogs Database to Castrol – Piston Heads – 21/9/09 +*
Castrol is using roadside cameras to read vehicle registrations and then flash individual motorists with a message stating that a Castrol product is ‘the right oil’ for their car.

*+ ID cards face an uncertain future after Cabinet argues over cuts – The Times 18/9/09 +*
A Cabinet row over ID cards broke out yesterday as Gordon Brown began detailed talks over the cuts needed to start repaying Britain’s debt.

*+ MoJ admits personal data breaches – Law Gazette 17/9/09 +*
Nearly 2,000 people have had personal information about themselves lost by the Ministry of Justice over the past year, in a series of incidents listed in the department’s accounts, published last week.

*+ Ministers retreat on child database – The Independent 15/9/09 +*
Moves to vet every adult who works with children are set to be watered down after the Government ordered a last-minute review of the controversial anti-paedophile scheme. Ed Balls, the Children’s Secretary, acted amid fury that the criminal record checks would affect parents who give lifts to children on behalf of sports teams or voluntary organisations such as the Scouts.

*+ Vetting contact rule under review – BBC News online 14/9/09 +*
The government is to look again at how a new vetting system for those working with children will operate. England’s Children’s Secretary Ed Balls said it was “tremendously important” to define “frequent or intensive” contact correctly.

*+ PAC criticises NPfIT delivery – eHealth Insider 14/9/09 +*
The Public Accounts Committee has criticised the government for not using appropriate governance arrangements or available project management skills when delivering the National Programme for IT in the NHS.

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter – Editor( )



To see if there’s a group in your area check our list at Or, if you’re interested in starting a group yourself, please contact Matty on 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) +*
Wednesday 14th October, 8:15pm at The Gate pub on Station Road (N22 7SS). All welcome. For further details please contact

_*+ Birmingham +*_*

+ 30th September – Birmingham NO2ID Meeting + *
Wednesday, 30th September, 7:30pm at Bennetts Bar, 8 Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS.

_*+ Bristol +*_*

+ 7th October – Bristol NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday 7th October, 7:30pm at the Deco Lounge on Cotham Hill (off Whiteladies Road). New members always welcome.

_*+ Cambridge +*_

*+ 3rd October – Cambridge NO2ID Ipswich trip +*
Saturday 3rd October, Cambridge NO2ID supporters will be travelling to Ipswich to help run a street stall there. Free transport available. If you’re interested in helping, please get in touch:

*+ 6th & 7th October – Cambridge Student NO2ID stall +*
Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th October, the newly-formed Cambridge Student NO2ID will have a stall at the Universities’ Societies’ Fair (see: If you’d like to help man the stall, please contact If you’ll be visiting the Fair, please drop by to say hello and collect a NO2ID badge.

*+ 7th October – Cambridge NO2ID Monthly Pub Meeting (first Wednesday of month) +*
Wednesday 7th October, 7:30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd, Cambridge CB1 2DW ( Cambridge NO2ID’s informal pub meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month. For more details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624. * + 10th October – Cambridge NO2ID trip to Manchester +* Saturday 10th October, Cambridge NO2ID supporters will be travelling to the Manchester area to run a couple of street stalls in support of the day of action . Free transport available, leaving Cambridge at 0800, returning in the evening. If you’d like to join us for the day, please get in touch:

*+ 24th October – Cambridge NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 24th October, in the usual spot outside Cambridge Guildhall ( from 2pm (note new time). Please contact Andrew on 07710 469624 if you’d like to help.

_**__*+ Canterbury +*_

To stay up to date join the Canterbury NO2ID mailing list on:

_*+ Dorking +*_*

*Now that our Question Time on Civil Liberties is behind us, we are thinking about what to do next. Meanwhile a little bit of the meeting has been uploaded to youtube here

*+ 6th October – Dorking NO2ID Monthly Meeting (first Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm — maybe a new venue so if you want to come along do get in touch first (

*+ 24th October – Dorking NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 24th October – for meeting time and venue contact

_**__*+ Edinburgh + *_***** **+

Scotland: Government consultation on Draft Principles for Privacy Protection +*
On 31st August, the Scottish Government launched a 12 week consultation on the draft principles produced by its Privacy Working Group. These principles are intended to govern how personal information is handled by the government. The consultation paper is available online:

* + 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 (, and for more group information see

_*+ Epsom +*_

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

** _*+ Glasgow +*_

*+ Scotland: Government consultation on Draft Principles for Privacy Protection +*
On 31st August, the Scottish Government launched a 12 week consultation on the draft principles produced by its Privacy Working Group. These principles are intended to govern how personal information is handled by the government. The consultation paper is available online:

_*+ Ipswich +*_*

**+ 3rd October – Ipswich NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 3rd October, Ipswich town centre – contact Bobby Gooding ( for where and when we’ll be meeting.

*+ 14th October – Ipswich NO2ID Monthly Pub Meeting (second Wednesday of every month) + *
Wednesday 14th October, 7:30pm at The Black Horse Inn, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich. For more information email Bobby at or subscribe to mailing list at

_*+ Lancaster +*_

Subscribe to the Lancaster NO2ID e-mail list at

_*+ Leeds +*_

*+ 26th September – Leeds NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 26th September at 1.30pm, somewhere near the north end of Briggate (main pedestrianised street, LEEDS city centre). Please come along and say hi, or join us to help volunteer with the campaign. Mail for further info.

_*+ Leicester +*_

*+ 30th September – Leicester NO2ID Monthly Meeting +*
Wednesday 30th September, 8:30pm at The Lancaster Arms, 234 Green Lane Road, Leicester. LE5 4PA

_*+ Manchester +*_

*+ 24th October – “Freedom Come, Freedom Go!” Manchester NO2ID Redux +*
Saturday 24th October, 6.30pm-7.30pm – A comedy show about our eroding freedoms performed by Tom Read, stand up comedian, former member of Manchester NO2ID and now coordinator of Norwich NO2ID. The show appropriately is also entirely free! So come along and see what’s going on. Definitely not to be missed! “Entertaining and educational” – Three Weeks. _

*+ Manchester Action against North West Guinea Pigs +*_

NO2ID’s rolling campaign involving groups from across the coutry to alert and inform the people of Manchester and — as the National Identity Scheme’s net widens — the North West:

*+ 10th October – Manchester-wide Street Stalls +*
Saturday 10th October, we will be running a series of street stalls around the Greater Manchester area. If you would like to help volunteer with this or any other of the events we have planned for our campaign please email

*+ 17th October – Manchester City Centre Street Stalls and Drop-in Centre + *
Saturday 17th October, we will be holding a series of stalls in the city centre. Aiming to get setup from 12pm. From 1pm once the stalls are established we will be holding a drop-in centre for new campaigners from 1pm in the Friends Meeting House on Mount Street. This is a chance to come along, meet up with, and get involved in our campaign against the Database State. You will have a chance to chat with experienced campaigners to explore what you can personally do to help oppose the scheme, collect leaflets to spread the word, and have the opportunity to experience helping out on one of our many street stalls that will be taking place around the City Centre.

*+ 17th October – Public Meeting, Pledge Signing and Social Event +*
Saturday 17th October 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 +*
Tuesday 13th October, 7:30-9pm, Norwich NO2ID will be meeting at The Workshop Cafe (opposite The Black Horse), 53 Earlham Road, NR2 3AD, to discuss ways of keeping pressure on political parties to scrap the ID card scheme and all of the wasteful, unsafe databases, and how to raise awareness with the public. Come along to air your views and find more ways to get involved.

*+ 17th October – Norwich NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday 17th October, 1-3pm at The Haymarket, Gentleman’s Walk. Set the record straight on insipid, intrusive ID cards and devisive, derisory databases! Meet the public and spread the word!

If you are interested in the work of the Norwich group, please join their mailing list on:

_*+ Oxford +*_

*+ 1st October – Oxford **NO2ID **
Monthly Meeting (first Thursday of month) +* Thursday 1st October at the Mitre on the High Street from 8pm for an hour or so for a chat and to discuss the campaign. All welcome.

*+ 3rd October – Oxford NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 3rd October – our last couple of stalls have suffered from the sheer number of other stalls on Cornmarket Street. So this time we may try pitching up somewhere else. We will meet up at Carfax tower at 11am and choose a spot shortly after. If you fancy lending a hand drop an email to and I can ensure we don’t miss you.

*+ 17th October – Oxford NO2ID day trip to Manchester*
Saturday 17th September, we are planning to take a day trip up to Manchester to join several other groups in a coordinated day of action. If you are interested in this, again drop me an email at (

See the website for more:

_*+ Reading +*_* * *+ New Coordinator for Reading NO2ID +*
As of the branch meeting on 7th September, Reading NO2ID has a new coordinator. Fellow activist Gabriel Berry has taken over from long-standing local group founder Ian Darling, who has chosen to stand down for family reasons. Highlights of his tenure were the countless successful recruitment and publicity street sessions (each followed by countless successful pub sessions), and the excellent Reading Borough Council motion earlier this year. Reading NO2ID members wish to thank Ian for his sterling service to the cause over the years since he set the branch up, and look forward to continuing to benefit from his knowledge and assistance as an activist.

Contact Reading NO2ID on or join our web group at

*_+ Sheffield +_

+ 30th September – Sheffield NO2ID Monthly Meeting (fourth Wednesday of month) +

*Wednesday 30th September, 7:30pm at the Harlequin pub on Nursery Street. This is our regular monthly meeting where we discuss how the campaign is progressing and organise local activities. We will be joined by the Yorkshire regional co-ordinator and will be discussing our contribution to opposing the Manchester ID card trial in October. You can contact the group at

* * _*+ Southampton +*_*

+ 7th October – Southampton NO2ID Monthly Meeting (first Wednesday of month) +*
Wednesday 7th October, 8pm at the Dolphin Pub in St Denys (next to the railway station). Everyone welcome, especially recently arrived students.

_*+ Shrewsbury +*_*

+ 17th October – Shrewsbury NO2ID Lunch Club and Street Stall +*
Saturday, 17th October – come for lunch at Rococo in Butcher Row at 12.30pm, and then join us on the street stall in Pride Hill. Let Rob Findlay know that you’re coming ( or 07973 848910) so that we can grab enough table space for everybody.


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