Posts Tagged ‘ID cards’

Blogpost 27: 18/8/18

August 20, 2018

Letters sent to the Daily Mirror

18/8/18 “Your Vouchers” Report
Your article about visitor attractions suggests an additional solution to the problem of deserted town centres.
If prices of such attractions are soaring, it means demand is outstripping supply i.e. families need more such diversions and Local Councils could provide them.
Some councils already promote Xmas markets and such, to attract shoppers. Why not go further?
Places, like York, already have tourist attractions and have adopted multiple park and ride schemes but they could go further by taking over empty shopping arcades and either adapting them, or replacing them with various rides, water features, picnic areas. Essentially, checking out other towns and visitor attractions, elsewhere. Some larger park’n’ride car parks could be built alongside out of town theatres and music stadiums with free travel between them and the town centres. In fact adjacent towns could share such sites.
Staff, needed to look after toddlers, keep areas clean and other services, would boost local employment.

17/8/18 Blame Brexit
How can Philippa Whitford MP claim that Brexit will mean the sell-off of the NHS to the Yanks?
As a member of the medical profession, she must surely have noticed that most of it has already been sold off.
The process of privatisation was speeded up under the Cameron and Clegg coalition.
When Hunt was put in charge, he put the peddle to the metal, destroyed the moral of medical staff, who hadn’t escaped into politics, and threw out contracts as if he couldn’t get rid of them fast enough.
What %age of the NHS will still be in public hands by the time that some sort of BRINO deal has been done?
Why does she want to deflect blame from May, from Hunt and the Tory need to kick the peasants?

14/8/18 Should have been famous
A reader’s letter named another woman, who deserved a special mention in History.
This caused me to think on two Male lecturer’s at college, who should possibly be recorded as making noteworthy contributions.
The first, whom I knew as “Pop” Daley, told us that he invented the thermionic valve version of the flip-flop circuit, on which all digital computer memory was based. The second lecturer, whose name I disremember, told us designed and patented the present car door lock.
Previously car doors used a lock handle similar to those used on room doors, in houses.
He claimed he renewed his patent three times, before being forced to let it lapse and let the car manufacturers pick it up for free.
Maybe my lecturers were fantasists but who did invent the flip flop circuit and the modern car door handle? What other discoveries, inventions and designs went unrecorded, because they became the intellectual property of Industrialists?

14/8/18 Postal taxes
Your editorial calls for a tax on Companies such as Amazon.
Why not not tax the parcels sent out by businesses?
Making the tax relate to volume would also reduce the large boxes with excessive packing, which has to be re-cycled.
As an extension, could we have a tax on advertising leaflets, which seem to have increased in number, since privatisation of the Post Office. Mine go straight into the ugly great wheelie bin sitting in front of my house (ruining its aspect)

2/8/18 Help lines
I know that the Action Fraud line number, which you published, is intended to be easy to remember but there are so many easy to remember help-line numbers that no average person could possibly hope to recall them all.
That’s why so many people resort to dialling 999, when they’re distressed, and will continue to do so.
It’s no good the Home Office putting out stories about people dialling 999 because they have the wrong topping on their pizza. The stupid and feckless will always be with us.
Equally, it’s pointless local police forces putting out messages, on social media, asking people not to call their undermanned help desks “unless it’s a real emergency”. Who defines what is an emergency, when people are told to chase after burglars themselves?
We need a national registry, with call centre operatives able to act as a front line help desk; directing pleas from the Public to suitable responders. Such a scheme would save time in a real emergency and direct others as needed:- Water leaks, gas leaks, suicides, suspicious packages, UXB’s, lost children, council offices etc.

2/8/18 second euref
Is there really any point in having a second referendum on Theresa May’s Brexit deal?
From what I’m seeing on Twitter, most remainers will reject it, as falling short of their demands, whilst most leave voters will reject it as Brexit In Name Only (BRINO).
The only people, who might vote for it are the befuddled, who are bored with the lies and counter-lies that they are being bombarded with.

9/8/18 Russian Roulette
The report that a Spanish jet accidentally fired an air-to-air missile in the Baltic region is very worrying, considering all the brinkmanship by Russia, in that region and elsewhere. The present hostile relations with Russia makes it unlikely that any political fail-safes are in place, should another more serious accident occur.

6/8/18 Friends of Israel
How can the Labour Party accept the description of Anti-Semitism being promoted by Tom Watson, or anyone else having membership, or benefitting from financial support from the Friends of Israel group?
They would immediately demand the expulsion of anyone, in the party, who has criticised the actions of the Israeli Government, even if they only offered sympathy for those Israelis protesting their own Governments actions.

3/8/18 Amazon
Although it is wrong that Amazon pays unreasonably low taxes, can we blame them, when it is the nature of businesses to gouge as much profit as they can, for their shareholders.
It’s like blaming a dog for biting visitors, when it’s up to the owner of the dog to keep it under control.
Similarly, it’s up to our Government to see that Amazon pays a fair level of tax.
Government lays down the Laws to regulate public life and create order.
This Government seems to be failing on all points, with no sense of what is fair, or reasonable, for anybody.

31/7/18 ID cards
A long time ago, when family doctors, teachers and other professionals may have been acquainted with the same family, for two, or, three generations, it was easy to obtain a safe verification of a person’s identity from them.
Even the local bobby, or Bank Manager, when we had stable communities, could be asked to countersign passport applications and such.
That is no longer the case.
Identification is by no means certain, which is why identity theft, by criminals (and by the police) is so easy. We have numerous illegal and legal immigrants and visitors, whose identities can not be verified.
So what do we do?
The think tank Resolution, (another of those self appointed charities/organisation/quangoes) has offered its solution, i.e. to force ID cards on us.
I don’t know why these people have such easy access to the Media, or politicians, but we are expected to treat their pronouncements, as if authorative, with no-one asking them to justify either themselves, or their pronouncements.
Why would ID cards solve the situation? Who verifies these ID cards? Why are they to be deemed trustworthy?
The average person wouldn’t be able tell if an ID card was fake, or not. It’s doubtful officials could, unless they had immediate access to High tech devices for checking forgeries.
Who would manufacture them? The French Company producing our post-Brexit passports?
Is it beyond the wit of Russian, or French spies to manufacture such fake ID’s.
Who would use them? The only experience I have of them, is via films such as” the Great Escape”, where failure to produce ID meant you got shot.
I have a driving licence, which has sat, unseen, in my wallet since I got it. I’d hate to think that a consequence of having my pocket picked, might be my being arrested, or shot, just because some suit thought it’s had had a good idea.
published version

ID cards pointless
– The Policy Exchange think tank says all UK citizens need ID cards to
stop illegal immigration, prevent another Windrush scandal and curb
identity fraud (Mirror, July 30), but who veri?es these cards?
The average person wouldn’t be able tell if one was fake or not, and it’s
doubtful officials could, unless they had immediate access to hi-tech
devices for checking forgeries.
Also, is it beyond the wit of enemy spies to make fakes?

28/7/18 Hospital Appointments
Brian Reade’s reference to missed hospital appointments costing £160 prompts the question why did the NHS introduce appointment systems?
I suspect it was part of the privatisation process.
Employers don’t like to see employee’s sitting around idle, with patients turning up as and when they please.
This uncontrolled glut and famine approach means that they have to employ sufficient staff to cope with the peak periods; meaning that nurses and GP’s would have periods, when they could clear up any mess, complete any paperwork and, God forbid, have a rest between periods of stress.
The appointment system increases the level of stress on patients and medical personnel but to whose benefit?
It’s cost-cutting. You sack staff to save the cost of their wages. Each £160 represents the cost of a fraction of the saving that has been made on one nurse etc.
I don’t want to be seen by some underpaid, overstressed GP, filling out forms to be compiled into Government statistics, or a nurse working unpaid overtime
Let’s de-privatise and go back to a system of surgery and outpatient hours with patients triaged by an intelligent receptionist. It’s not as if patients actually get seen at their appointed times. I’ve arrived 20 mins early, then waited a further 40mins for a 5min. consultation at a location, with a 1 hour journey either end of it and a large hospital car park charge to pay.
An appointments system is not for my benefit.

28/7/18 RCN CEO
You report that Ms Janet Davies, the CEO of the RCN, as claiming she acte in “good faith”, when telling members that all staff would receive a 3% pay raise.
It’s not often that you get someone, in a highly paid role, admitting that they weren’t up to carrying out one of their prime functions.

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Riots could be used to create a police state

August 9, 2011

I was told recently that the reason the regular army is being cut back is because the Government is planning to create a domestic militia to replace the Police in terms of crowd control.
I dismissed this as a bit too right wing; too much like the situation in places such as Syria.
The present riots, by criminal elements, is, worryingly, the sort of ammunition that proponents of a civil militia would seek to use to justify such a scheme.
They also lend support to calls for ID cards, which combined with CCTV and face recognition software would enable such criminals to collected house by house.
A situation, created by the deliberate debilitation  of our justice system, could, because of these riots, lead to a Police State, where any attempt at lawful protest could be deemed criminal and treated as such.

IPSA schadenfreude

June 21, 2010

As with your (Daily Express) columnist, I take great joy in hearing of MP’s having to cope with the sort of Bureaucratic machinery and related form- filling that they have imposed on us. From the trivial name and address routine, legally required, when purchasing a TV, through the intrusive and time consuming interrogation by banks and businesses such as Virgin Media, to, allegedly, establish that you are not a terrorist or money-launderer, right up to the lengthy and irrelevant information demanded when applying for a job as a shelf-stacker at Tesco’s.

Most of this form-filling was presumably brought in to persuade us, as to how much easier it would be, if we agreed to buy ID cards.

How much easier would MP’s lives be if they just accepted their more than ample salary and paid for work associated  expenses out of their own pockets. Who else claims such expenses? Certainly not those who are about to bear the brunt of Government ineptitude.

H.M.P. Great Britain

April 1, 2010

In Oliver Twist, it’s Oliver who is chased and caught, when The Dodger and Co. are foiled in their attempted theft.

It seems to be a general principle that when a crime has been committed, you look for someone to blame, preferably someone who hasn’t realised it’s going to be them.

 Young thugs have torturing small animals? Threaten pet shop owners with an Asbo, for supplying them.

Burglars have no cash and the prisons are full? Prosecute the householder for unlawful detention of them.

If there’s no obvious scapegoat, punish everyone else.

Joyriders are making the roads unsafe? Install speed humps, bumps and chicanes.

Can’t afford the Cops to catch speedsters? Install speed cameras (preferably around bends or at the bottom of hills.)

The class bully has broken something and won’t own up? Put the whole class in detention.

Can’t catch Al Qaeda/ Criminalise the entire population by forcing them to carry I.D. cards.

Even Al Qaeda seems to have fallen in with this principle.

Can’t get Tony Blair (even though he’s now walking the streets of Sedgefield)? Bomb tube travellers.

The principle is so pervasive that now Boot’s is refusing to print photo’s that may be subject to Copyright.

They are presumably aware that the Agency that protects Copyright is very aggressive and is now trying to get a law enacted making ISP’s and companies, such as Youtube, responsible for copyright infringements that have taken place, via their websites.

 It seems that the only way to avoid being treated like a criminal is to become one.

Towards a police state.

March 25, 2010

While the Minister for Identity tries conjuring up possible uses for the  ID card – more fantasy than reality, but telling nonetheless [1] – the Home Office has continued to use every trick in the book to manufacture ‘demand’.

Its latest manoeuvre, buried in yet another obscure regulation – The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010 – is due to come into force this October. This measure, undebated by MPs and passed on the nod, is one of the first cases where showing ID for an ordinary everyday function is being written into statute.
 Less formal age checks creep ever wider, but from this autumn a pub or club MUST have an age verification policy, and MUST ask anyone who looks as if they might be under the age specified in that policy (which could be 18 but could equally be any arbitrarily chosen age which makes the
premises safe(?)) to show “identification bearing their photograph, date of birth and a holographic mark”.  
Note ‘identification’ not ‘proof of age’, and the conveniently limited definition of what constitutes valid ID. Mandating forms of ID is a step closer to compulsion – they can’t entice enough young people to apply for an ID card, so they’ll coerce them instead.  
Moves like this, as trivial as they may seem, are designed to entrench state identity control – serving Whitehall agendas that will not die easy, no matter which party is in power.

14/9/2008

November 16, 2009
As someone, who has, for the last three years, stood in opposition to  Wigan’s Labour dominated Council, I am uneasy about the direction that the Government is heading.
These people already have the legal right to read my emails (to other opposition candidates), to tap my phone and, even, should they be desperate enough, to put me under surveillance.
The suggestion that they will now be enabled to enact their own laws and to then enforce them, without legal redress for their victims, is more than worrying.
The National ID card is still in the pipeline and more quasi-official appointees are being given powers to exercise summary fines, for offences such as littering, smoking, parking too far from the kerb etc. 
All the while, knifings and shootings go unchecked (you can’t fine the perpetrators and the prisons are full).
What will be their next Orwellian style attempt at an erosion of Liberty and Justice?