The UK Government today announced its definitive plan to scrap the National ID scheme. This is good news; the scheme had no clearly articulated goals, and the previous UK administration was never able to state what identity-related problem it was trying to address.
The new government is binning the scheme for the right reasons. In explaining the decision, new deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: “The wasteful, bureaucratic and intrusive ID-card scheme represents everything that has been wrong with government in recent years. By taking swift action to scrap it, we are making it clear that this government won’t sacrifice people’s liberty for the sake of ministers’ pet projects.”
And the news gets even better – it looks like this government will roll back more stupid and wasteful plans in the future. Home secretary Theresa May is quoted as saying: “This bill is a first step of many that this government is taking to reduce the control of the state over decent, law-abiding people and hand power back to them. With swift parliamentary approval, we aim to consign identity cards and the intrusive ID-card scheme to history within 100 days.”