Identity Cards Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:00 pm on 29th March 2006.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office) 10:00 pm, 29th March 2006

I will not, if my hon. Friend will forgive me.

I will accept the Government's limited stay of execution, but I do not accept the Bill as a whole. It is still an unwarranted intrusion on the privacy of the individual. It is still ineffective, costly and potentially dangerous. It is still a massive reversal of the relationship between the citizen and the state. While I recommend that my party support the amendment, let there be no doubt that my first act when I take over as Home Secretary after the next election will be to do away with the Bill.

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Tom Morris
Posted on 30 Mar 2006 11:11 am (Report this annotation)

Quick, everybody, write that down. The previous history of the Tories is that they are just as infringing of our civil liberties as the current lot. Let's keep our eyes peeled for that in their next manifesto.

R Griffiths
Posted on 30 Mar 2006 2:13 pm (Report this annotation)

His previous statement has re-affirmed that he doesn't give a damn about civil liberties but is planning to use this scheme as an election platform. He's putting being in power before any principles he may have.