UK ID card scheme scrapped

Huh; the brits have decided to ashcan their national identity card system. I saw this on The Register and thought it was a joke. But, nope:

http://www.ips.gov.uk/cps/rde/xchg/ips_live/hs.xsl/53.htm

I had no idea they were so sensible. (One does wonder what else is behind the scenes, though).

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6 Responses to UK ID card scheme scrapped

  1. MikeG says:

    We voted for a change of government, who had the scrapping of the scheme as one of their manifesto commitments.

  2. jono says:

    Sensible? Haha, you credit it us with too much. Sensible would have prevented the incredible waste of money that was spent in the first place.

  3. landon says:

    @Jono: Point taken about the insanity and disingenuous security theatre of the original proposal.

    Now, if we could just get our TSA to stop wasting oxygen, and our own spies looking /out/ rather than /in/ . . .

  4. Barfo Rama says:

    appropriate page number on the blog, I must say: 1337

  5. Sensible? It’ll cost three times more to scrap than to keep and they are going to bin the hardware (data protection y’see).

    Oh and as for manifesto commitments I guess they had to keep one after dumping all the others.

  6. gwenhwyfaer says:

    We didn’t so much vote for a new government as against the old one. What we’ve ended up with is a chimaera that has no mandate for the vast, and likely disastrous, structural changes it wants to make – changes that weren’t part of anyone’s manifesto, and were in fact explicitly denied by all parties before the election.

    What we have in the UK at the moment isn’t a government – it’s a very British coup d’├ętat.

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