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NO2ID Newsletter No. 93
« on: March 13, 2008, 09:30:00 pm »
++++ NO2ID SUPPORTERS' NEWSLETTER NO.93 - 13th March 2008 ++++


Don't be fooled, contrary to reports in the media, the government is
very much pressing ahead with its ID scheme - it has simply repackaged it.

Last Thursday the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith launched the ID scheme
'Delivery Plan', much of which NO2ID had already revealed via annotated
leaked documents that have now spread all over the internet. It is clear
that the aim is to grab as much data as possible as quickly as possible,
to try and coerce or dupe as many people as possible into being enrolled
on the ID database (the 'National Identity Register'), with the aim of
making universal registration seem inevitable.

To help this plan along the Home Office has repackaged its proposals to
hide the less palatable parts of the system. Its approach will be more
subtle, less aggressive (except for those who face losing their job if
they refuse to be registered) in the hope that they will be fooled into
"choosing" a lifelong regime of red tape, fines and inconvenience.

 From November, non-EEA (European Economic Area) foreign national
students or those on a marriage visa will be compelled to have ID cards.
In 2009 airside staff at UK airports will be issued with ID cards - most
likely as part of the vetting process, to make it seem like less of a
big deal to those affected. Next, young people will be encouraged to
sign up "voluntarily", perhaps with pre-filled forms ready to sign and
return and a list of alleged benefits if they join the ID club...

This repackaging conceals the reality - once on the National Identity
Register, you are on for life. All of the penalties and fines for not
keeping your data up to date or accurate will kick in, and you will be
numbered forever.

We need to redouble our efforts - get the message out to the
government's prime targets such as young people and show that you'd have
to be mad to choose to go on the Register. None of the government's
benefits hold up and it is trying to hide all of the horrors of the system.

To do all of this we need your help.

- If you haven't already joined NO2ID, please do (an application form
can be found at

- Alternatively you can make a donation to the campaign (see

- Get involved with your local group, or if there isn't one in your area
then set one up (see

- Make the NO2ID pledge - an act of pre-emptive resistance that is
entirely legal and encourage others to do the same (more info at

We have to make sure that NOBODY is fooled by the government's
sugar-coated spin.


Many thanks to all of those that responded to our request for volunteers
willing to send us information on the questions being asked by the
Identity & Passport Service (IPS) when applying for a first adult
passport. We still need more information. Since we asked for people to
come forward in the last newsletter we are now able to offer even better
advice as to how to obtain information. If you are applying for your
first UK passport or if you've been called in for interview then you can
help. Please contact

What's next?


Tuesday, 8th April 7pm at Friends House, 173 Euston Road NW1 2BJ. NO2ID
is holding hustings among the candidates for Mayor of London to discover
their positions on The Database State. How do candidates feel about the
civil liberties and privacy implications of, among other things, the
Oyster Card, congestion charging, telephone parking? Would they support
or oppose national ID schemes as mayor? What is their attitude to the
database state? Prospective candidates Gerrard Batten (UKIP), Sian Berry
(Green), Lindsay German (Respect), Boris Johnson (Conservative), and
Brian Paddick (LibDem) have indicated interest in participating already.

Anyone willing and available to volunteer as a steward at the hustings
event please contact

There will be an informal North West regional meeting on Friday, 28th
March in Liverpool. Contact for more information

There will be a South West and South Wales regional meeting for local
groups in the region in late April. Location and details to be confirmed.


We need help running our office in London. If you live in London and
have a few hours to spare regularly during the week please volunteer to
join the staff rota helping with the vital clerical work to support the
campaign. If you can help please contact the office if you can help


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

+ Birmingham +

The Birmingham NO2ID group held their first meeting on Monday 25th
February. Turnout was high with all attendees demonstrating enthusiasm
and a strong commitment to raising awareness in the city of the
implications of the ID card scheme and National Identity Register. The
group discussed the reasons for their opposition to ID cards and the
Register and potential future activities including leafleting, a DVD
screening and a practical workshop looking at how to structure letters
of protest.

31st March - Birmingham NO2ID Meeting Monday, 31st March 7.30pm at the
Mac (Midlands Arts Centre). All welcome to attend.

+ Cambridge +

29th March - NO2ID Cambridge Stall
Saturday, 29th March 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.

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

3rd May - Cambridge NO2ID benefit gig
Saturday, 3rd May from 8pm, at The Locomotive, 44 Mill Road, Cambridge
CB1 2AS. The line-up: Mousse - The Grisettes - Allotment. Admission £4 -
proceeds go to support NO2ID's London HQ. Many thanks to the bands for
contributing their time and talents:

+ Canterbury +

22nd March - Canterbury NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 22nd March 10am onwards on Canterbury High Street. If anyone
would like to get involved please contact or call
Caz on 07792567087.

+ Dorking +

We are now 3 months old. Regular meetings occur on the 1st Tuesday every
month. Our first street stall will be held on Good Friday in Dorking
High Street. Future events include a public showing of the film “Taking
Liberties”, further street stalls, and a large scale public meeting
later in the year. Other medium term projects include an approach to the
Local Council to pass a motion of non-cooperation with ID Cards and the
National Identity Register. Contact: Geoff Cox 01306 631377.

+ Edinburgh +

Jamie Hepburn MSP talks to Edinburgh group
Last week, Scottish National Party MSP Jamie Hepburn addressed NO2ID
Edinburgh as part of the group's series of presentations by members of
the Scottish Parliament talking about their position on ID cards.
Hepburn is the convener of the parliamentary cross-party group on Human
Rights and Civil Liberties, who had led for the SNP in the Scottish
Parliament Civil Liberties debate in December. He gave a strong reprise
of his speech there. Incidentally that anti-ID card motion was carried
64-1 with 60 Labour and Conservative members abstaining, the former
shamefully interpreting opposition to ID cards simply as an attack on
the Labour Party.

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

+ Glasgow +

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:

+ Hackney +

2nd April - Hackney NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 2nd April 7pm at the Pembury Tavern as usual, for around an
hour-and-a-half. If you have any ideas for activities, come to the
meeting (or email, if you can't make it).

+ Leeds +

15h March - Leeds NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 15th March 1pm on Brigate (the big pedestrianised street with
McDonalds, Debenhams and M&S on it). Meet at 1pm outside Alliance and
Leicester, everybody welcomed with open arms! If you don't want to be on
the stall, come along and have a chat.

20th March - Leeds NO2ID Meeting
Thursday, 20th March 7pm at the Victoria Inn, 28 Great George Street,
Leeds, LS1 3BB
Contact number for anyone who gets lost: 07843 098091 (Nadine).

+ Liverpool +

29th March - Public Meeting, Liverpool
Saturday, 29th March in central Liverpool. Details to follow. Contact for more information.

+ Manchester +

Manchester Students Against ID has relaunched for the 2008/2009 academic
year, and pledges to bring the fight against the Database State to the
highest levels of Manchester University. Meetings to be announced, see for details.

20th March - Preston NO2ID Meeting,
Thursday, 20th March 2008, 7:30pm-9pm at the Bluebell on Church Street.
Former Preston co-ordinator Tia Purple and Manchester co-ordinator Dave
Page will be present to help answer any questions about running a local
group or the campaign in general.

12th April - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 12th April 2pm-4pm in St. Ann's Square. We'll be running a
Saturday afternoon 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. You don't need any experience or equipment, just a
bit of time to spare and a friendly smile!

+ Oxford +

29th March - Oxford NO2ID Street Stall
Saturday, 29th March in Cornmarket, Oxford. Can you spare us an hour or
so to hand out leaflets, talk to people or in other ways help out?
Contact for more information.

+ Redbridge +

31st March - Redbridge NO2ID Planning Meeting
Monday, 31st March 7.30pm at Ilford Town Hall, ground floor meeting
room. The purpose of the meeting is to plan future events for the
Redbridge NO2ID campaign. One of the main proposals is a film show of
the feature film 'Taking Liberties.' Any other ideas will be most
welcome. For further details of the meeting or to discuss the campaign
please feel free to contact Paul Kaufman at or call
07801 429782.

+ Scarborough +

13th March - Inaugural Meeting Scarborough NO2ID group
Thursday, 13th March 7.30 pm at Sigma, under The Cask Inn on Cambridge
Terrace, Scarborough

+ Selby +

18th March - First meeting of Selby NO2ID
Tuesday March 18th 8pm at the Blue Bell, Monk Fryston,

+ Southampton +

Report from Southampton NO2ID
We have had a busy couple of weeks. In the wake of the government
announcements we were successful in getting interviews on Wave 105 FM
and Radio Solent. Student members are working on forming a University
Club so that we can canvass and agitate on Campus. Letters and
information packs including a pledge, a survey form and a draft council
motion, have been sent out to all Southampton, Eastleigh and Test Valley
councillors. Contacts from this have revealed that the Chief Constable
of Hampshire is against ID Cards and Conservatives are putting an
anti-ID card motion to Southampton full council meeting this week. We
will be pressing the councillors to support this motion and will
continue to work to raise the issue of ID Cards at the May local
government elections.

2nd April Southampton NO2ID Meeting
Wednesday, 2nd April at 8:00pm at the Dolphin pub in St Denys, Southampton

+ Southwark +

22nd March - Southwark NO2ID at the Synergy Centre
Synergy has been an enthusiastic supporter of NO2ID. On 22nd March,
Southwark NO2ID is invited to participate in an event entitled
‘Indigenous People’, to be held at The Synergy Centre, 220 Farmers Road,
Camberwell SE5, from 9pm until 7am. Entry £10, £7 advance, £7
concessions, £5 before 10pm. This is a fundraising event so please do
come along and support the event as well as NO2ID. More details on the

Are you interested in volunteering for events previously listed in the
newsletter for 18th April, 19th April and 26th April?

Volunteers are still required for these events so if you can spare a few
hours to help man the stall, please contact Judith at

What just happened?

+ Government release multiple ID reports +

In the last fortnight the government released a slew of ID card reports
and policy documents. They are clearly trying to swamp the public with
an excess of information and burying bad news, whilst try to rebrand
their ID scheme. Don't be fooled, the ID scheme and the National
Identity Register are as bad as ever.
ID scheme delivery plan:
ID cards for foreign nationals:
Crosby Review of ID scheme:
Home Secretary's speech to Demos:

+ Crosby Review finally released +

The government has finally released the so called Crosby review of the
government's ID scheme. The report entitled 'Challenges and
opportunities in identity assurance' is authored by Sir James Crosby,
former chief executive of banking group HOBS. The Crosby review began in
September 2006, was due by Easter 2007, was then "being finalised" in
early July, then due "late summer" 2007 etch. When it was finally
released last week the government just happened to release their ID
scheme delivery plan at the same time. Crosby criticises the
government's approach to ID and suggests an alternative ID system, that
many have described as a banker's vision of an ID scheme.
For more details see

+ NO2IDs media coverage around the country+

Last week as the government released their ID scheme delivery plan NO2ID
groups around the country were able to get media coverage all over the
country. Local groups worked together to get press releases out prior to
the announcement and fielded radio, press and TV interviews on the day
of the delivery plan's release. Well done to all of those in the local
groups involved in handling the media. Early indications suggest that
NO2ID got around 700 media mentions, the number of web visitors shot up
considerably as did requests for information and newsletter sign ups.
Clearly a lot of people weren't taken in by the government's spin.

"ID" in the news

+ Government fails to sell ID concept - Computing 13/3/08 +
On the afternoon that home secretary Jacqui Smith announced the latest
changes to ID cards, the Treasury-commissioned Crosby study was also
quietly released after months of delays ­ Computing was leaked details
of its contents as long ago as last August.

+ MoD loses 11,000 ID cards - The Register 12/3/08 +
The Ministry of Defence has lost 11,000 military ID cards in the last
two years, the government has admitted to parliament.Although this seems
like a paltry loss compared to the 25m records lost by Her Majesty's
Revenue and Customs, it is still rather a lot, particularly when you
consider the armed forces amount to less than 200,000 souls in all.

+ Backlash over airport workers ID card plans - Travel Weekly 12/3/08 +
British Air Transport Association secretary-general Roger Wiltshire
accused the Home Office of using airport workers as guinea pigs.

+ Speaker Michael Martin uses 319-year-old law to gag reports on the
failing ID card scheme - Daily Mail 9/3/08 +
Commons speaker Michael Martin is using a 319-year-old law designed to
protect freedom of speech to try to stop the publication of Home Office
reports on the failing ID card scheme.

+ Heathrow airport first to fingerprint - The Telegraph 8/3/08 +
Millions of British airline passengers face mandatory fingerprinting
before being allowed to board flights when Heathrow’s Terminal 5 opens
later this month. For the first time at any airport, the biometric
checks will apply to all domestic passengers leaving the terminal, which
will handle all British Airways flights to and from Heathrow.

+ Nothing to hide, but plenty to fear from Ms ID Card - Mail on Sunday
The alleged Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, says she needs to be able to
prove who she is. I agree it's a problem. It is hard to credit that this
deeply unimpressive person holds the great office once occupied by
Winston Churchill.

+ Sir James Crosby recommends no charge for identity cards - The Times
7/3/08 +
Identity cards should be provided free as a way of winning the “hearts
and minds” of the public, the Government’s own expert recommended

+ UK Home Office disk in computer bought on eBay - Taipei Times 1/3/08 +
A repairman discovered a confidential government CD hidden inside a
notebook computer bought on eBay, a computer store in northern England
said on Thursday.

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