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NO2ID Newsletter No. 91
« on: February 17, 2008, 05:13:33 pm »
NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 91 - 14th February 2008
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This Sunday, 17th February, at 9pm BBC One begins a new five-part thriller based in the database state. 'The Last Enemy', starring Robert Carlyle and Benedict Cumberbatch, is set in the near future where ID cards and government control through centralised databases is a reality.

The series is a great opportunity to open discussion and debate about the future we are hurtling towards. We encourage you to get your friends, family and colleagues to watch it. Talk about it with them. Point out how close the database state really is. As the programme's writer Peter Berry says in this week's Radio Times, "everything that happens in episode one is absolutely conceivable now".

The dystopian vision portrayed in 'The Last Enemy' may be enough to convince people you know that they should do something to stop it.

If you have already made the NO2ID Pledge*, or even if you haven't yet, you should encourage them to make it too. Get them to join NO2ID - - or get involved in a local group.

This week's media scramble on the Unique Learner Number and lifelong retention of children's records shows that all too often the mainstream wakes up too late. We need to keep campaigning to ensure that 'The Last
Enemy' remains fiction not fact.


* The NO2ID Pledge - - is an entirely lawful public declaration that you personally will be taking a stand against ID cards and the database state.

What's next?
Local groups news
We now have local groups in 44 of the 69 proposed locations for interrogation centres - of which just 3 have yet to open. Parliamentary answers indicate that the most active centres are: Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Peterborough and Sheffield.

As of the end of January 2008, 22 of the centres had performed fewer than 10 interrogations. There may still be time to apply for your first adult passport without being called in for an official grilling - but, if you are, your details still won't be going onto the National Identity Register. It isn't built yet.

For information on your nearest interrogation centre, see If you can help set up a local group in one of the remaining locations, or anywhere else in the UK, please contact Matty on

25th February - NO2ID Central Birmingham Inaugural meeting
Monday, 25th February 7:30pm at the Midlands Art Centre café, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH. The inaugural meeting of the Central Birmingham group. All are welcome

16th February - NO2ID Cambridge Stall
Saturday, 16th February at 10am in the usual spot outside Cambridge Guildhall. Location Map: As ever, volunteers to help very welcome - please email, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624 if you can make it.

5th March - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday, 5th March 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd, Cambridge CB1 2DW. Map: ( For more details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.

We've been featured on the Your Canterbury website:

16th February - Cantebury NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 16th February 10am-4pm, Cantebury High Street. Our second High St stall will be manned by a small crew of Jen, James, Tom, Simon, Ian and myself but if any of you are able to turn up and stick around I'm sure these guys would all appreciate a bit more of a break! Hope to see you this weekend!

5th March - Canterbury NO2ID Meeting (1st Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday, 5th March 7pm at Coffee and Corks, Palace Street, Canterbury. Email for more info.

Now an active group - we are planning local media events, a High St stall and we will be approaching the Local Council to get them to pass anti-ID legislation.  

4th March - Dorking NO2ID Meeting
Tuesday, 4th March 7.30pm.  New permanent venue tba.  More local members needed.

28th February - Dover NO2ID AGM/Meeting
Thursday, 28th February 7.45pm for an 8pm start at The Red Lion Pub, Charlton Green, Dover, Kent. Actually the term "AGM" is a bit formal; there will be some formalities to complete, but it will be mostly a chance for members and supporters to gather and discuss what has happened over the last year, and plan the next year. All members and supporters from Dover, Deal, Folkestone, Hythe and surrounding areas welcome.

Meeting with Green MSP Patrick Harvie
The first in a series of meetings, in which MSPs of all parties are being invited along as guest speakers, was held on 30th January. In the past, Green MSP Patrick Harvie has been a great champion for NO2ID issues both within the Scottish Parliament and at our demos. On this occasion he was very pleased to take the opportunity to publicly sign the NO2ID Pledge. At the end of his very interesting talk he volunteered to arrange a briefing of MSPs at the Parliament, which would allow NO2ID representatives to explain the long term significance of the controversial Scottish National Entitlement Card.

Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh street stall
Every week, weather permitting, you will find our campaigning stall at the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel.  Do drop by for a chat.  New volunteers - please contact John(, and for more group information see

Most Saturdays 2pm - NO2ID Glasgow Street Stall
Most Saturdays there are stalls in Glasgow city centre (usually Buchanan Street) from about 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome, please contact Geraint if you would like to help:

Kensington & Chelsea
NO2ID pledge meeting available online
A public meeting about the NO2ID pledge was held on 7th February at 7.30pm at Westbourne Grove Church. The speakers were the Libertarian Dr Sean Gabb and Guy Herbert, General Secretary of NO2ID. The meeting was chaired by George Edwards. A full webcast of the proceedings has been made and can be viewed at Flyers were distributed during the week at Notting Hill Underground station, Queensway and Bayswater Underground stations and in pubs and cafes in the vicinity of the meeting. Members will work on a showing of Taking Liberties as their next event.

8th March - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 8th March 2pm-4pm in St. Anne's Square we'll be running a stall to raise awareness among the public and engage people in discussion about the National Identity Register. We'll meet in the square itself at 2pm to set up shop; feel free to join us to lend a hand or just chat.  Please note the new times for this event - we're starting and finishing an hour later than previously!

12th March - Manchester NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 12th March 7pm-9pm in the upstairs function room of the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane, Manchester. At our monthly meetings we discuss the state of the NO2ID campaign, what we've been up to recently and where we're going in future. Everyone is welcome, newcomer or not, curious or committed.

20th February - Taking Liberties showing
Wednesday, 20th February 7.30pm at the Star and Shadow Cinema. The acclaimed film Taking Liberties, featuring NO2ID, will be shown.

18th February - Shrewsbury NO2ID meeting
Monday, 18th February 8pm in the Armoury, Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury ( Look for a table with black-and-red NO2ID flyers scattered around; we'll try to get a table at the fireplace/toilet end of the pub (but look at other tables too if we didn't get seats there).

Southwark achieved very good results at The SEOne club last Friday and Saturday. The Synergy Project are holding another two events and have invited NO2ID to both. For details of who is appearing at these events, please visit The first event will be held on 22nd March at the Synergy Centre, Camberwell.  The second event will be on 18th April at The SEOne Club. For both events we would like two more people to assist. If you are free and can help, please contact Judith at You do not have to be a member of the Southwark Group to volunteer - anyone who knows the subject and wants to talk to the public. NO2ID has also been invited to the following events :
22nd February - Flame & Flesh SE17
Friday, 22nd February 8pm - 2am we will be at Flame & Flesh, Corsica Studios, Units 4/5, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB. Sincere thanks to Lorraine Liyanage who kindly arranged for us to 'get in' to this event.  Ideally, I would like one person to assist me on the night, even if you can spend just a few hours.  If you want to volunteer, please contact me at  For details of who is appearing, please visit

27th February - Respect event
Wednesday 27th February at Blue Room in the Methodist Church Hall Clubland, Walworth Road. Phil Booth will be speaking. This will be an evening meeting. Exact times and directions still to be supplied. Please contact me if you would like to come along.  Another Southwark Group member, Margot Lindsay, kindly arranged this meeting.
If any other Southwark Group members know of meetings where NO2ID can take a table, please contact

27th February - Swindon NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 27th February, 7.30pm at The George Inn, Eastcott Hill, Swindon. At the meeting we will be discussing the group's attendance at the full meeting of Swindon Borough Council on 28th February (assemble at Euclid Street Offices 6.30pm) to put a public question to the Council during public question time. Informal gathering of minds. All are very welcome.


What just happened?
New ICM poll shows 1 in 4 strongly against ID cards
A new survey commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust shows that 25% of those polled are deeply opposed to the introduction of a national identity card scheme. This is up from 17% in September last year. The poll also showed 50% of respondents thought ID cards were a bad idea whilst 47% thought they were a good idea. The poll data is at

Doctors have no confidence in NHS database
A poll conducted by BMA News has found that nine out of ten doctors surveyed have no confidence in the government’s ability to safeguard patient data online. Recent high-profile data losses, such as the HM Revenue and Customs computer discs containing the details of 25 million child benefit claimants and security breaches during last year’s online training recruitment fiasco for junior doctors, have left doctors sceptical about safety. More than eight out of ten (81 per cent) of respondents said they would not want their surgery data stored on the national NHS ‘spine’.

Bridport Town Council vote against ID cards
On 5th Februray Bridport Town Council passed a motion against the government's ID scheme. The council agreed not to take part in any pilot scheme or feasibility work in relation to the introduction ID cards and to only co-operate with the scheme where to do otherwise would be unlawful. The council also voted to support the NO2ID campaign.

EU biometric checks?
The European Commission wants "an entry-exit system to record the dates of entry and exit of each third-country national admitted to the Schengen area using biometric identifiers (facial image and fingerprints)." The measure would apply to those entering the current 25 Schengen member states and associates in Europe. The move will be up for priority discussion by EU justice and home affairs ministers during the first half of 2008, but the Commission rarely puts forward proposals of this kind unless it is reasonably sure that they will be adopted. It remains to be seen how the requirement will affect the five EU members that have stayed outside Schengen - including the UK and Ireland. The EU's justice commissioner Franco Frattini reportedly suggested that they could join the biometric scheme "voluntarily". He also said that EU citizens and other people "worthy of confidence" should be offered the possibility of taking part voluntarily in a "kind of fast identification process". In general, Frattini favours surveillance levels equalling or surpassing those of the USA, both at borders and on EU-internal air travel. All in all, the new Europe-wide surveillance would cost at least £485m.


"ID" in the news
Less than a quarter of us think ID cards will work - Daily Mail 13/2/08
Only 24 per cent of us are convinced that the £5.5billion ID card scheme will achieve its aims, a survey revealed yesterday. The poll, by the Government's own Identity and Passport Service, showed that there is widespread scepticism about the plans.

Every child in school numbered for life - The Times 13/2/08
All 14-year-old children in England will have their personal details and exam results placed on an electronic database for life under a plan to be announced tomorrow. Under the terms of the scheme all children will keep their individual number throughout their adult lives.

How believable are government claims on ID cards? - The Register 13/2/08
British people are maintaining steady levels of disbelief over government claims about ID cards, according to official Home Office research. The survey asked people how important proposed benefits of the ID card would be - 74 per cent chose "disrupting the activities of terrorists and organised criminals", but 23 per cent of people thought this was "slightly believable" and 11 per cent thought it was "not at all believable".

NHS has lost thousands of smartcards - IT Pro 6/2/08
Connecting for Health has admitted that some four thousand smartcards used to access NHS computer systems have gone missing. Over four thousand smartcards used to access NHS computer systems have gone missing, according to reports in a medical publication.

UK has lessons to learn from Hong Kong on ID cards - Computer Weekly 6/2/08
Whether citizens like it or not, their governments are anxious to know everything about them. There are plenty of technologies they can harness to this purpose. But the trick is to find a politically and culturally acceptable way to apply them.

Britain is slithering down the road towards a police state - The Guardian 6/2/08
The machine is out of control. Personal surveillance in Britain is so extensive that no democratic oversight is remotely plausible. Some 800 organisations, including the police, the revenue, local and central government, demanded (and almost always got) 253,000 intrusions on citizen privacy in the last recorded year, 2006. This is way beyond that of any other country in the free world.

Our state collects more data than the Stasi ever did. We need to fight back - The Guardian 31/1/08
This has got to stop. Britain's snooper state is getting completely out of hand. We are sleepwalking into a surveillance society, and we must wake up. When the Stasi started spying on me, as I moved around East Germany 30 years ago, I travelled on the assumption that I was coming from one of the freest countries in the world to one of the least free. I don't think I was wrong then, but I would certainly be wrong now.

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor( )

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