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Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:08 pm on 20th December 2004.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary 5:08 pm, 20th December 2004

My right hon. Friend Mr. Blunkett, in his evidence to the Select Committee, simply emphasised the straightforward point that there is no panacea, no rabbit that can be pulled out of the hat, in the form of identity cards or anything else, that will solve all the issues of international terrorism. The issue is whether such measures will improve our capacity to deal with international terrorism. My right hon. Friend said that they will, and that is what I say.

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David reynolds
Posted on 28 Dec 2004 5:08 pm (Report this annotation)

Seems straight talking but still insists the ID card will be worthwhile. The ID card was originally proposed to help fight terrorism, it was suggested it would prevent terrorism and fraud and yet it seems now it is being said that it will only make life a little more difficult for the terrorist. The same money could be used to beef up the intelligence services so next time we can be sure the WMDs exist before we go to war. If there wasn't such a panic on about terrorism we could perhaps use the money to solve the pensions crisis instead.