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‘The sophistication of document forgery means we can only be confident of people's identities if we have their biometrics: their fingerprints, irises and digital measures of their face.’ (Tony Blair TUC speech 12/9/06)
Somebody needs to explain to me why this news is less important than the PM leaking the latest unemployment figures (which are pants anyway) a day early.
This data-basing of individuals will initially apply only to immigrants,
By April 2008, all visa applicants will have their fingerprints taken. All visa nationals will need biometrics to get through border control. By April 2009 people here for work or study will have biometric identity cards, and biometric travel documents will be issued to refugees by the middle of 2007. The first ID cards will be issued by 2009. (Tony Blair TUC speech 12/9/06).
Children are already conditioned to accept pinpoint surveillance. I know people who call their kids every hour and instead of saying, ‘hello darling, are you basking in inner peace’, they bark, ‘where are you?’ There then follows some hard negotiation along the lines of ‘seven… no way, alright, no later than nine… I mean it. Nine!’
Cartoon by Chris Slane