Doubtless we have all seen those horror movies where the monster, kicked, shot, stabbed and beaten into lifeless submission still gets up for more punishment and just won’t do the decent thing and die.
The European Commission is set to launch a substantial review of rules governing personal documents with the aim of making electronic identities take off across the EU. But the proposal faces likely opposition from civil rights groups and member states where identity cards do not exist.
Neelie Kroes, the EU’s Digital Agenda Commissioner, will present by the beginning of June a new legislative proposal which aims “to facilitate cross-border electronic transactions” through the adoption of harmonised e-signatures, e-identities and electronic authentication services (eIAS) across EU member states, according to an internal document seen by EurActiv.
Here we go again. Barely had we put down our pitchforks from our battle with the Labour clusterfuck that was to be imposed upon us by Big Blunkett and pals, than their masters in Brussels decide to bypass any veneer of autonomous sovereignty and go for the jugular. And, never mind that we don’t want the damned things and certainly don’t have any need for them – and that’s before you get into the plethora of reasons why government just should not have this facility, they want them and they will now seek to impose them, come what may – although they use cuddly words like incentive rather than force.
We, the refusniks, are a mere inconvenience in the grand scheme and their irritation is noted.
Perhaps more frustrating for the European Commission is that some member states like the United Kingdom do not even have paper identity cards, and the idea of adopting them causes widespread public opposition.
Yes. Absolutely. Long may it continue.
I refuse. I refused when the Labour government tried it on and I refuse now and I will continue to refuse. I know who I am. If I feel that it is necessary for you to know who I am, I will give you just enough information that we may do business. Anything else is none of your business, so bog off.
When Tony Blair’s Labour government discussed the idea of ID cards, a citizen movement sprang up overnight to block the plans.
It is just as well that NO2ID was never disbanded. It looks as if we will need it all over again.
Can we leave yet?
H/T Captain Ranty.