We tried our best to stop the ID card scheme, but now the bill’s been passed there’s still a way to register your displeasure. Renew your passport in May as a way to register your disapproval and save yourself a decade of trouble.
Once you are on the Register, you will never get off until it is abolished. But you’ll be exposed to all the risks and dangers of the scheme immediately. The Home Office is building the most complex and intrusive ID control system in the world. It will certainly go wrong.
Once you are on the Register — with or without a card — you will also be forced to keep all the details that are kept about you up to date (and sort out any government errors).
Once you are on the Register you will face penalty charges for not telling the Home Office if you move house or if any other of your registered details change.
Far from being ‘foolish’, renewing your passport to avoid all this is just plain common sense. In the 10 years that follow, NO2ID and many others will be working to end the ID scheme and keep Britain a free country.
“… anyone who feels strongly enough about the linkage not to want to be issued with an ID card in the initial phase will be free to surrender their existing passport and apply for a new passport before the designation order takes effect.”
— Charles Clarke, on 21st March 2006.
The Home Secretary himself has said you can do it. Don’t delay — he might change his mind….