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Far from "building on",this is a radical change ofstrategy involvingabandoning the passportas the primary enrolmentroute. Why has it not beenannounced? Do ministerseven know? Their state-ments come across aslying (if they do), orclueless (if not).i.e. this document, or thecontent of it, is known bysenior officials in ALL ofthese agenciesWere these not defined bythe primary legislation, theIdentity Cards Act 2006?!The four 'propositions' areconsidered in terms ofmarketing, not theprimary motivations ofthe schemeSomething the US-VISITscheme has singularlyfailed to do, despitedealing with far smallervolumes than passthrough UK borders eachyearNote the tone, and askyourself who is "I" in thissentence?Note again that "I" won'tbe the individual citizen.
won't be able tocheck each other's IDcards, but must trustthat someone else has(and that the systemworks)
This document, annotated by NO2ID -
, relates to the previously-leaked 'NIS Delivery Strategy -Aligning strategy and delivery' PowerPoint presentation. Although an undated printout, this document is thereforelikely to reflect official thinking towards the end of 2007, possibly as late as the end of December 2007. Referencesto "the Crosby report" (Sir James Crosby's report of the 'Public Private Forum on Identity', commissioned by GordonBrown in late 2006) strongly imply that the earliest date this document could have been written would be the end ofthe summer of 2007, when a draft of the Crosby report was first circulated.
"make life easier" - forwhom? This must refer tothe Objectives appendix,which makes it pretty clearit is not the public's easethat is being considered."Read" is an interestingchoice of word. It impliesdata collection atborders, rather thanmerely verification/approval of documentslocally, which is whatsecurity expertsrecommend - and thetraditional function ofpassports. The schemein other words posits thecard will function as atracking device, inaddition to being acredential.What benefits? The ordinarytraveller gets nothing extrafrom having a different sortof document approved atthe border.Expect further appeals topublic fears, particularlyabout safety of children(banned in commercialadvertising!)