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NO2ID Newsletter No 113
« on: December 26, 2008, 11:46:43 am »
NO2ID Newsletter No.113   

++18th December 2008 ++

The retention of DNA and fingerprints from uncharged and innocent people
ruled unlawful; plans to force 200,000 airside workers onto the ID
database in tatters; the mass uploading of millions of medical records
stalled for over a year; 'ID cards for foreigners' met with derision, as
public support for ID cards drops a further 5% in three months. The
time has never been better to make our case.
We hope our new video, 'Take Jane', will help shift things up a gear.
Please pass this link on:
NO2ID has won the intellectual argument (though we shall persist in our
rigorous, evidence-based opposition of the database state) but we must
comprehensively overcome the sly emotional appeal of "If you've done
nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear". 'Take Jane' is our latest
Often, secrets are good. Secrets keep you and things you value safe.
Forcing people to surrender yet more personal information when the
government plainly can't be trusted with the details it already holds is
not just wrong - it's dangerous. If they can't protect it, they
shouldn't collect it.
I would like to take this opportunity to applaud our local groups,
especially our hard-working local and regional coordinators. One of the
great privileges of being national coordinator is that I get to meet all
sorts of people from one end of the country to the other who week in
week out are advancing NO2ID's case on the streets, at meetings, in the
papers and on local and regional radio and TV.
Without your efforts we are nothing. I salute you all.
Wishing you and your families a peaceful and ID-free Christmas, and
looking forward to turning the tide in 2009...
Phil Booth
National Coordinator, NO2ID
NO2ID Review of the Year
A few key moments from 2008 - and some ways you can help stop the
database state in 2009.
*JANUARY*: The year gets off to a leaky start. NO2ID releases a
government document detailing official plans to use "various forms of
coercion" to bully people onto the ID cards database. After non-EEA
foreign nationals, airport workers and young people are declared prime
*FEBRUARY*: Freedom lovin' rock band Kula Shaker, who first came to
fame during the Britpop era, promote NO2ID throughout their 2008 UK
tour. Local groups across the country hold stalls at each gig and sign
up new supporters.
NO2ID is constantly trying to reach and engage new people. You can
help. Download a copy of our petition - - and use it as a
way to get your friends and neighbours talking about the ID scheme.
Please send completed forms to our London office (address on the form).
Everyone who gives contact details will be invited to join NO2ID.
*MARCH*: Jacqui Smith confirms NO2ID's leak, announcing the ID scheme
'Delivery Plan' to a hand-picked audience outside Parliament. The
long-anticipated Crosby report says responsibility for ID should be
taken away from the state altogether, and is promptly buried.
*APRIL*: NO2ID holds a database state-themed London Mayoral hustings.
All the invited candidates - bar Ken Livingstone - confirm their
opposition to ID cards and related initiatives. NO2ID runs a day of
seminars in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on the dangers of the
Scottish National Entitlement Card programme.
Why not lobby your council to pass a motion against the ID scheme? It
represents you, and local authorities are clearly in the Home Office's
Dozens of councils have now resolved not to use ID cards for access to
their services unless forced to by law - a number have affiliated to NO2ID.
*MAY*: As well as campaigning, the day-to-day business of NO2ID HQ
involves handling the media, responding to consultations, preparing
briefings, lobbying politicians and industry and engaging civil
society. In May, the University and Colleges Union votes to affiliate
to NO2ID and we arrange a debate with a Home Office official at a
meeting of the London Civic Forum.
*JUNE*: Nine members of NO2ID Scotland are arrested after staging a
peaceful protest at an invitation-only Home Office "public consultation"
event. Junior 'Minister for Identity', Meg Hillier has a serious sense
of humour bypass but all charges are later dropped.
Are you in contact with your nearest NO2ID local group? To find out
about activities in your area, see -
new members are always welcome.
If there isn't already a group in your area ask Matty Mitford, our local
groups coordinator about starting your own:
*JULY*: Jacqui Smith launches youth propaganda website, 'My Life My
ID', to hoots of derision. At Channel 4 BritDoc's 'Good Pitch', NO2ID is
named campaigning partner for new feature-length documentary, 'Erasing
David', scheduled for release in summer 2009.
*AUGUST*: NO2ID holds its Annual General Meeting. The Joseph Rowntree
Reform Trust Ltd generously agrees to match pound for pound a proportion
of NO2ID's new income in 2009/10. Setting up a standing order or
PayPal/credit card subscription NOW means the campaign will receive
*double* what you give.
Campaigning costs money. We desperately need your support. Generous
regular givers fund our cramped office and some printing costs, but we
need many, many more. Please make a donation or even better set up a
regular payment -
*SEPTEMBER*: NO2ID attends party conferences, organising or speaking at
events in Brighton, Bournemouth, Manchester and Birmingham. Following
our fringe meeting on the ID scheme, a BALPA motion to oppose the
introduction of ID cards "with every means at our disposal" is adopted
by TUC Congress. Phil Booth is refused entry to an official Labour
meeting, due to a mix-up with his conference ID...
*OCTOBER*: Conservative Future launches support of NO2ID, and talks
with the NUS on anti-ID campaigning across UK campuses step up a gear.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg announces policy on 'credit freezes'
(locking your own credit records) floated earlier in the year by NO2ID
but completely ignored by junior minister Meg Hillier following her
challenge to ID opponents in the FT.
Make the NO2ID Pledge: and declare to your
friends and neighbours (tell everyone, and display your certificate
proudly!) that you will not cooperate with any further government grab
for your personal information. If enough people publicly declare they
will not cooperate, state seizure of personal identity will become
*NOVEMBER*: The first of seven centres due to issue 'ID cards for
foreign nationals' open for business. NO2ID and others mount protests
across the UK, including giant ID card burnings and demonstrations.
Hundreds of locally and nationally-known figures sign NO2ID letters to
the press opposing the government's bullying of soft targets and sly
xenophobic appeal.
*DECEMBER*: Having identified draft legislation that would make ID
cards effectively compulsory to carry, NO2ID successfully exposes
data-trafficking powers buried in an obscure new Bill that would smash
the rule of law and build the database state in its place. We end the
year on a leak, revealing extraordinary powers of search without warrant
in contracts applied to those bidding to work on the ID scheme.
If this review was originally sent to someone else, then please register
as a supporter to get your own e-mail newsletter every fortnight. There
is a form on the front page of our website:
You'll also receive a FREE supporter's pack and occasional alerts about
NO2ID events in your area.
If this is your original copy of this newsletter, why not pass it on?
*What's next?*
To see if there's a group in your area check our list at
Or, if you're interested in starting a group yourself, please contact
Matty on to discuss what's involved and what we
have in place to support coordinators and their groups.
*+ 7th January - Bristol NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 7th January 7pm at Deco Lounge, Cotham Hill.
*+ 3rd January - NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
Saturday, 3rd January 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.
*+ 7th January - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each
month) +*
Wednesday, 7th January 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,
Cambridge CB1 2DW ( For more
details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.
*+ 14th January - Daventry NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 14th January at 8pm in the Saracen's Head, Daventry. Contact for more information.
*+ 20th December - NO2ID Dorking Street Stall, Horsham +*
Saturday, 20th December in Horsham. Last time we were there we picked
up 249 signatures for the petition -- in the week before Christmas we
will be looking to improve. Anyone in the area, please come along and
say hello.
*+ 6th January - NO2ID Dorking Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday, 6th January 7.30pm at The Lincoln Arms, near Dorking mainline
*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:
*+ January 2009 - Superheroes Against National ID Cards protest +*
January 2009 (Date TBC shortly) Parliament Square, London. A fun protest
against: the National Identity Register, the erosion of our civil
liberties, the database state & the monopolisation of superhero
protests! Help end this Orwellian nightmare...!
*+ 18th December - Manchester NO2ID Xmas Social +*
Thursday, 18th December 7pm-9pm at The Waterhouse, Princess Street,
*+ 13th January - Newcastle NO2ID Meeting (NOTE NEW VENUE), 2nd Tuesday
of each month +*
Tuesday, 13th January 7.30pm at the Jazz café, Pink Lane, Newcastle upon
Tyne. The owner of the venue is a supporter of our campaign. The change
of venue is in response to the need to find a better, more
politically-neutral venue. The new day is in response to several local
members' problems attending on Wednesday. We have listened to our
members and responded as soon as we were able to find a suitable venue.
For more info contact Nathan on
+ 8th January - Oxford NO2ID Meeting +*
Thursday, 8th January 8pm at The Mitre, High Street, Oxford. We usually
meet on the first Thursday of the month but since this falls on New
Year's Day we thought we'd push it back a week. See you then!
See the website for more:
Publication details: © NO2ID 2008 - This document may be freely
redistributed in one-to-one communications or physical copies as long as
it is reproduced in its entirety including this notice. It may not be
mass-mailed without the prior permission of NO2ID.
NO2ID, Box 412, 19-21 Crawford Street, LONDON W1H 1PJ


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