Sunday, April 11, 2004
It's Alive! Alive!
There's something stirring in the crypt:
Shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwin has slammed plans to introduce ID cards, saying there is no evidence they would help fight terrorism.
He warned the move could prove costly and affect civil rights, while its benefits were still questionable.
"I really worry about whether we are embarking on a course of action that will be expensive and complicated and has civil liberties implications and will ultimately be unproductive," he said speaking on BBC Radio Four.
"We really ought to be very careful before we go down that road that there is a practical outcome that is worth a candle," he added.
Mr Latwin conceded that a series of plans to introduce driving licences, passports and cards with fingerprints and other biometric information might not be disastrous in themselves.
But he warned that in 20-30 years' time, British citizens might find their freedoms have been eroded.