4 November 2008
Airport U-turn shows Government ‘scared’ of public verdict on ID cards
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West today accused the Government of delaying the introduction of ID cards until after the General Election because they are 'scared' of the public backlash.
The Government had previously pledged to issue ID cards in 2009 for all airside workers but today Ministers revealed that workers at just two UK airports (Manchester, London City) are to be given the cards.
The cards will be available for all from 2012
John Barrett said:
“This announcement has nothing to do with airport security and everything to do with a government afraid of the publics verdict on their flawed ID cards proposals
“Ministers are choosing a limited number of guinea pigs at two smaller airports because they are aware of how unpopular ID cards are.
“The Government is too scared to force ID cards on voters before an election because they know it would be a laminated poll tax.
“If the Government cannot be trusted to keep our personal details safe, how can Ministers expect us to give up even more sensitive details to yet another centralised database.”