Saturday, 26 July 2008

Birmingham NO2ID July meeting

The next NO2ID Birmingham meeting will be on Tuesday 29 July at 7:30pm.

We'll be meeting in the Boardroom at Bennett's Bar.

Remember, meetings take place on the last Tuesday of every month and everyone is welcome.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Cameron pledges repeal of Identity Cards Act

As part of his 'Cameron Direct' campaign, Conservative leader David Cameron visited Swindon on 11 July and reaffirmed his commitment to repeal the Identity Cards Act, identifying the National Identity Register at the heart of the scheme as the 'nanny state'.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Big Brother state costs £20 billion

Andrew Porter writes in the Daily Telegraph:

The cost of Britain’s “surveillance society” measures is now running at £20 billion, a new report reveals today.

The amount is equivalent to £800 per household and includes £19 billion for the planned ID card system and £500 million for CCTV cameras.

The report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance was highlighted by David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, who stands in a by-election this week on the issue of civil liberties. Mr Davis resigned as an MP after the opposition failed to defeat Government plans to hold terrorism suspects for 42 days.

Mr Davis said: “This is yet further damning evidence of Big Brother’s expensive tastes. ID cards, CCTV, the DNA database and other measures are a huge waste of taxpayers’ money on policies that undermine freedom and are utterly ineffective in fighting crime or terrorism.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance report can be downloaded here.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Tony Benn discusses civil liberties

Tony Benn talks about ID cards and a range of other civil liberties issues on BBC News' HARDtalk.

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