Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Brother Will Not Work

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Big Brother Will Not Work

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On the day this country commemorates those who gave their lives for liberty, Remembrance day, the Home Secretary announced another attack on the liberty of the individual.

He is introducing compulsory identity cards. He claims they will not be compulsory yet. But if you want to see the doctor or claim social security benefits you'll have to have one. And pay pounds 40 for the privilege.

The compulsion of potential death because you cannot see your doctor, or the compulsion of poverty because you're not working or retired, are as much compulsion as Mr Blunkett personally holding a gun to your head. After many years and millions of pounds spent the Government has been unable to computerise the National Insurance number system. They haven't even got the biometric technology they propose to use on their new spy cards. Another multi-billion pound fiasco seems to be in the making.

I urge all you readers to protect against both the principal and practice of this horrid proposal by writing to their MP at the House of Commons, London. …

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