For some peculiar or devious reason, the unpopular and inept Labour government is, yet again extending its hugely wasteful, "voluntary" ID Cards / National Identity Register centralised biometric database scheme to the North West of England, but also encroaching on parts of Wales and Scotland
Were the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Executive, the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government consulted on this decision by the politicians and civil servants in Westminster ?
Presumably the "success criterion", which they have used to give the go ahead for this next phase of the rollout of the scheme, is simply the fact that the citizens of Manchester have not actually bothered to rise up and burn down the local Identity and Passport Service offices.
They have, instead,by all accounts simply not been interested in submitting to this "voluntary" scheme, and the Government has resorted to unsubstantiated propaganda statements about how "useful" these ID cards are meant to be, without daring to provide any quantitative evidence of their "success".
Even if the Manchester area ID Cards rollout had somehow been a huge success, it would still be too early to properly evaluate this as a pilot scheme after it had been running for only15 days from the 30th of November 2009.
However, on 15th December 2009, Meg "I've left my ID Card at home" Hillier, the hapless junior Home Office Minister, who has been lumbered with the task of pretending to believe in the the scheme, has signed another Order, which extends the Post Code Lottery to inflict the "voluntary" National Identity Scheme on the rest of the people in North West England from the 4th January 2010.
2009 No. 3323 (C. 150)
2.--(1) Section 2(1) and (2), and section 5(1)(b), of the Identity Cards Act 2006 shall come into force on 4th January 2010 in relation to any person to whom paragraph (2) applies, except to the extent that those provisions are already in force in respect of such persons.
What is the rate determining steps, or the critical resources which are behind this staggered rollout of the "voluntary" National Identity Scheme ?
It cannot be Training of Travel Company Staff to recognise and accept what the new ID Cards look like, simply on the printed "look and feel".
Without looking it up online, can you tell at a glance, which of the 3 colour schemes (
turquoise and green, blue and pink, lilac and salmon) has been arbitrarily chosen for the 3 types of ID Card, (identity card for British citizens, identification card for EU or EEA citizens living in the UK, Identity card for foreign nationals) and whether or not they are valid for foreign travel ?
There is still no online Verification Service in operation for private sector companies to be able to actually check the biometrics or to check that the information on the contactless / RFID chip has not been tampered with or forged.
There are no Biometric Readers linked to the National identity Scheme anywhere except in the Home Office's IT sub-contractor's testing laboratories and, presumably, in the couple of ID card applicant interrogation centres.
The new ID Card Post Code Lottery will now cover these areas:
SCHEDULE Article 2(2)(b)
Postcodes corresponding to a place of residence, and a place of work
BB1, BB2, BB3, BB4, BB5, BB6, BB7, BB8, BB9, BB10, BB11, BB12, BB18, BB94;
Skipton, West Yorkshire
Carlisle, Allerdale, Eden, Copeland, and part of Northumberland
CA1, CA2, CA3, CA4, CA5, CA6, CA7, CA8, CA9, CA10, CA11, CA12, CA13, CA14, CA15, CA16, CA17, CA18, CA19, CA20, CA21, CA22, CA23, CA24, CA25, CA26, CA27, CA28, CA95, CA99;
Chester, Deeside - Cheshire West and Chester
CH4 (part of Chester) and CH5 (Deeside) cover parts of Flintshire County Council (which is in Wales - was the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh Assembly Government consulted on this decision ?)
CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, CH5,
Metropolitan Borough of Wirral
CH41, CH42, CH43, CH44, CH45, CH46, CH47, CH48, CH49, CH60, CH61, CH62, CH63,
Cheshire West and Chester
CH64, CH65, CH66, CH70, CH88, CH99;
Crewe, Tarporley, Congleton, Nantwich, Winsford, Northwich, Sandbach, and Middlewich.
CW1, CW2, CW3, CW4, CW5, CW6, CW7, CW8, CW9, CW10, CW11, CW12, CW98;
DG16 (Gretna) is in Dumfriesshire, Scotland - was the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive consulted about this decision ?
Barnard Castle in County Durham
Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes, Poulton-Le-Fylde and Thornton-Cleveleys
FY0, FY1, FY2, FY3, FY4, FY5, FY6, FY7, FY8;
Liverpool, Bootle, Ormskirk
L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8, L9, L10, L11, L12, L13, L14, L15, L16, L17, L18, L19, L20, L21, L22, L23, L24, L25, L26, L27, L28, L29, L30, L31, L32, L33, L34, L35, L36, L37, L38, L39, L40, L67, L68, L69, L70, L71, L72, L74, L75;
Lancaster, Ambleside, Askam-in-Furness, Barrow-in-Furness, Broughton-in-Furness, Carnforth, Coniston, Dalton-in-Furness, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, Kirkby-in-Furness, Millom, Milnthorpe, Morecambe, Sedbergh, Ulverston and Windermere
LA1, LA2, LA3, LA4, LA5, LA6, LA7, LA8, LA9, LA10, LA11, LA12, LA13, LA14, LA15, LA16, LA17, LA18, LA19, LA20, LA21, LA22, LA23;
Wrexham - Wrexham County Borough Council
LL12 part of Wrexham is under Flintshire County Council (which is in Wales - was the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh Assembly Government consulted on this decision ?)
Some of Oldham, Backup and Todmorden
OL13, OL14, OL95;
Preston, Chorley, Leyland, and Southport
PR0, PR1, PR2, PR3, PR4, PR5, PR6, PR7, PR8, PR9, PR11, PR25, PR26;
The bits of the Stockport postal area which were,for some reason, excluded in the previous Manchester area Order.
Stockport (some parts) , Alderley Edge, Wilmslow ,Glossop, Macclesfield, High Peak
SK9, SK10, SK11, SK12, SK13, SK22, SK23;
Part of the Stoke-on-Trent postal area (Kidsgrove, Talke, Talke Pits, Alsager)
Parts of the Shrewsbury postal area (Whitchurch and Malpas)
TD9 Hawick , Newcastleston - Carlisle City Council and partly Scottish Borders Council - was the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive consulted about this decision ?
Warrington, Frodsham, Runcorn, Widnes, St. Helens, Newton-le-Willows, Knutsford, part of Widnes
WA1, WA2, WA4, WA5, WA6, WA7, WA8, WA9, WA10, WA11, WA12, WA16, WA55, WA88;
Skelmersdale, part of the Wigan postal district.
The Identity and Passport Service website does not yet mention these Post Codes listed above,
Even for the Manchester area, It does not bother to publish a user friendly an online map or post code lookup facility so that you can check if you can actually apply for one of the wretched things.
This typifies the inept marketing and the inhuman, bureaucratic attitude of the Home Office, treating historical towns and cities as mere Post Codes, and human beings as mere Numbers, for their convenience, not for the public's.