Today Alan Johnson announced that ID Cards will no longer be compulsory, which means that pretty much nobody will get one. The scheme is effectively dead. But never missing an opportunity to deflect blame, Johnson also said the Government should never have allowed "the perception to go around that they were a panacea for terrorism."
Maybe so, but doesn't this comment rather suggest this was some sort of rumour that the Government failed to stop - rather than it being the Government's fault? Here's Jacqui in May: "ID cards will deliver real benefits to everyone, including increased protection against criminals, illegal immigrants and terrorists."
Pretty unequivocal, I think.
I should also point out that their stupid little 'fine you £1,000 if your eye colour is wrong on it' database is very much going ahead.
Opinium/Observer – CON 40, LAB 43, LDEM 6
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