Wednesday, January 25

The mid week quote no 12

"Citizens should not be forced to have ID cards. Compulsion is too often resorted to by the modern state. It comes from an intensely managerial culture in which regulation rules. That sits uneasily with fundamental rights."

Spoken by Lord Phillips of Sudbury (Liberal Democrat), in the House of Lords (Monday 21 February). The Governments identity cards plan suffered another severe setback when the Lords voted to keep it as a voluntary scheme.

One can only hope that the Noble Lord will take time to read both the Maastricht Treaty as well as an analysis of The European Constitution !

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