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  • how people in the UK can welcome the retinal scan for payment of school lunches yet bristle about a lowly ID card. I'll be getting a national ID when I enter Finland and it doesn't bother me since the US has been tracking people for so long in all but the reality of an ID card that it seems late and extraneous at this point. I'm sure the UK isn't much different in this respect. Why all the fuss over something that is really just a foregone conclusion?

    • Why all the fuss over something that is really just a foregone conclusion?

      The UK government is already tracking people, typically using their national insurance number (social security number, which nearly everyone has, but isn't compulsary). The fuss is more about how they are trying to slip this through without any real debate, and how they are trying to spin things (as usual) to hide what they don't want you to spot. They say "it's not compulsory", where they clarify that as "it's not going to be compu

      • The US is in much the same position though, in all honesty, I don't see how requiring people to carry ID is really all that objectionable considering that it's merely a formality given the amount of information that is already collected daily by government and private agencies. There are laws in some US states and municipalities which require a citizen to carry no less than $10 in cash on their person lest they be arrested for vagrancy as well as some form of ID be it a drivers license or a state ID card. The Nordic countries have had this sort of national ID system for decades without too much fuss or ill consequences.

        1984 came and went and the digital future we all gunned for in the 90s merely assured such things as this would come to pass. The future has arrived so why fight a battle that was fought and won more than a decade ago? Would a public debate really help this situation since they might avoid making it compulsory but bureaucrats are very adept at making your life hell in paperwork and denial of services if you don't agree to carry one.

        You should read the Patriot Act sometime as that would certainly cheer you up in regard to government in the UK vs in the US. Don't ever expect politicians to be fully honest or forthcoming and you'll never be shocked or disappointed by their failings.