Richard North, 14/02/2005  

This is meant to remind all our readers of the various rather desperate measures the government is adopting, nominally because of the terrorist threat, but really in pursuance of its own and the EU's agenda to control our lives.

It is a good principle in politics that freedom should be taken as the base and any infringement on it should be justified beyond reasonable doubt.

Alas, this is not a principle on which the House of Commons works on at the moment. The ID Card Bill has, in an amended form, has cleared the entire procedure and gone to the House of Lords, where we hope, their lordships will examine it a little more carefully than our elected representatives have done.

The final vote after the Third Reading was: 224 for with 64 against. Sharp-eyed readers will have noted that adds up to 288 votes. This means that 368 MPs could not be bothered to vote one way or another on something as profoundly serious as the introduction of an ID card in the United Kingdom.

They were about to rise for their half-term hols but that is not precisely an excuse. Unless, of course, they are hoping that the House of Lords and the tight legislative timetable caused by the forthcoming elections will save them from their own ignominy.

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