Hat Tip to Dr. Geraint Bevan's twitter feed:
Conservative Minister Damian Green speaking for the Conservative / Liberal Democrat Coalition Government, described the cross party NO2ID Campaign as "one of the most successful pressure groups in history.", one which Spy Blog has been associated with since before its formal inception.
Our authoritarian opponents spent tens of millions of pounds of tax payers money, where we only had a few thousand pounds of donations and tens of thousands of hours of genuine, committed, grassroots activist time.
Active Opposition to the authoritarian Labour ID Card / National Identity Register should have been a natural Conservative party reaction, as it was, to their credit, with the Liberal Democrats.Opposition to such a centralised, authoritarian scheme, should have also come naturally to the Labour party, but, to their shame, they sacrificed any principles they may once have had, for the lure of "the ends justify the means" political power, just like any other creepy proto--totalitarian bunch of fanatics..
To their credit, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg have now, finally, after 4 months of dithering, started to deliver on their pre-election promises to repeal the Identity Cards Act 2006.
but I also pay tribute to the No2ID campaign, which can chalk itself up as one of the most successful pressure groups in history. It was formed less than 10 years ago, and within a decade of its formation it has achieved its principal aim."
Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.
The Repeal of Identity Cards Act 2006, via the Identity Documents Bill 2010, may have achieved its Third and final reading in the House of Commons, assuming that the House of Lords do not send it back, but Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP is mistaken if he thinks that the work of the NO2ID Campaign "Stop the Database State" is over.
Even the multiply disgraced, creepy, incompetent, authoritarian architect of this ill advised scheme, David Blunkett seem to be as close as any Labour politician ever comes, to admitting his past mistakes.
However, we will not open a bottle of champagne, until the Identity Cards Act 2006 is firmly repealed, and, a couple of months later, the execrable, prototype centralised national biometric database is utterly destroyed.
Unfortunately, Whitehall appears to have succeeded in retaining the core of the biometric database system, for use or abuse against "foreigners" - the bureaucratic control freaks were treating British Citizens as foreigners in their own country and they may attempt to do so again in the future.
Why was NO2ID "dis-invited" from giving evidence to the Commons Committee on this Bill ? We have heard that this was due to the incompetent former Labour Minister in charge of ID Card, Meg Hillier.
The Price of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance.
Spy Blog and NO2ID will remain vigilant against actual or potential Government abuses of our fundamental rights to freedom, liberty and privacy, of which there are many.
We will also highlight the privacy abuses being proposed or perpetrated by the Private Sector and by Foreign Governments e.g. in the USA, the European Union etc.
It is more important than ever that you join or financially support the cross party NO2ID Campaign