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NO2ID Newsletter No. 114
« on: January 11, 2009, 07:56:53 pm »
++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 114 - 8th January 2009 ++

We are entering a dangerous period in our country. Economic turmoil
threatens profound hardship and disharmony. Disenchantment with politics
is growing and even legitimate protest is threatened by an unprecedented
programme of challenges to our rights, freedoms and democracy. Sixty
years ago Britain was a proud co-author of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Now it is increasingly
centralized, abandoning its historic principles some of which date back
to the Magna Carta.
On Saturday 28th February NO2ID, along with other UK civil liberties
organisations, will be hosting Convention on Modern Liberty events
across the UK and in London. The convention will ask three broad questions:
* Are our freedoms and rights threatened by an over-powerful state
and if so how do we defend ourselves from this?
* Are dangers to our security from terrorism and other threats, from
climate change to pandemics being used to attack our rights, and how can
we best defend ourselves?
* How can we arouse sustained public interest?
The main event will take place at the Logan Hall but simultaneously
meetings with live video feeds from London will take place in Northern
Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Manchester, Cambridge and Bristol.
NO2ID is looking for volunteer stewards for Logan Hall on the 28th
February, all day. The Convention on Modern Liberty is a huge, high
profile event involving a wide range of people, all concerned about the
attacks on our freedom. We expect it to be not only an exciting and
important event, but a fantastic opportunity for NO2ID to reach new
If you would be able to act as a steward on the 28th Feb, please contact
Matty on You'll get to see a lot of the panels,
debates and break-out sessions and we'll feed you too. Please help us
make our mark on this important event.
More details here:
+ What just happened? +
+ Government look for ad agency to sell ID cards +
The UK Identity and Passport service (UKIPS) is looking for an ad agency
to sell the idea of ID cards and the National Identity Register to UK
citizens. The winning agency will be responsible for handling all
advertising for UKIPS, which will include briefs on passports, the
National Identity Scheme and ID cards. The government clearly needs all
the help they can get as even their own polls show falling support for
ID cards. NO2ID's most recent poll shows that those surveyed oppose
government data-trafficking by a majority of 2 to 1.
The Home Office poll is at:
NO2ID's poll is at:
+ Surrey County Council stands up for privacy and rejects ID
Cards +
Surrey County Council has passed a motion against ID Cards by 44 votes
to 20 with 2 abstentions. The council resolved to not participate in the
ID scheme unless required to do so by law. County Councillor Stephen
Cooksey said: "The motion may appear to be a small step of defiance
against unacceptable government intrusion into our private lives but
many other local authorities throughout the country have already taken
action and together send an important message to the central government
that local government values the freedom of individuals and their right
to privacy; values its relationship with the citizens that it serves and
will do everything possible to prevent that relationship being undermined."
The motion can be read at: 
+ ID cards play goes on tour +
The Kali Theatre Company are taking their play 'Another Paradise' on a
UK tour during March and April. The play is set "in a familiar world not
so far in the future when Identity Cards are compulsory and people are
validated only by their digital ID in the National Identity Database".
The writer, Sayan Kent, said: "If the biometric identity card becomes
reality, it would move us as a nation into surreal territory. And that's
just where this play is set". The show will visit Manchester,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Stockton-on-Tees, Leeds, Plymouth, Coventry and London.
For more details see
+ Home Secretary gets a little help - from the taxpayer +
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, has spent £2,000 of taxpayers money on
"executive coaching" since her appointment in June 2007. The bill covers
six training sessions that Smith has received. The Home Office declined
to give details but executive coaching commonly includes dealing with
stress and voice training.
+ What's next? +
*+ ID cards secondary legislation consultation +*
The Identity and Passport Service has launched a consultation on
secondary legislation proposed under the Identity Cards Act 2006,
including a draft Code of Practice on Civil Penalties. Any comments
should be sent to: Robin Woodland, Identity Cards Act Secondary
Legislation Consultation, Home Office, Identity and Passport Service,
Allington Towers, 19 Allington Street, London SW1E 5EB. Comments may
also be sent by email to: If commenting by
email then include the words "consultation response" in the subject
title. Closing date 13th February 2009.
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.
_*+ Cambridge +*_
*+ 24th January - NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
Saturday, 24th 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.
*+ 4th February - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each
month) +*
Wednesday, 4th February 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,
Cambridge CB1 2DW ( For more
details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.
_*+ Camden +*_
*+ 3rd February - Camden NO2ID meeting (1st Tuesday of each month) +*
Tuesday, 3rd February 8pm at The Castle, Pentonville Road. All welcome.
Please email for any info.
_*+ Chelmsford +*_
*+ 19th January - Chelmsford NO2ID Meeting +*
Monday, 19th January 7.30pm-8.30pm at The Two Brewers (opp Tescos in
Join our mailing list at:
_*+ Daventry +*_
*+ 14th January - Daventry NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 14th January at 8pm in the Saracen's Head, Daventry. Contact for more information.
_*+ Dorking +*_
In January, Dorking groups celebrates its first birthday. Incredibly
all the actions we proposed back in Jan and Feb 2008 have been
achieved. We have picked up over 2500 signatures for the petition,
organised a public meeting to raise awareness and pushed the Local
Council to pass a motion against ID Cards. In addition, as a bonus, we
also found Surrey County Council passed the same motion a few weeks
later. If you want to be involved in 2009, you will be very welcome - I
have a feeling Civil Liberty issues are going to be even bigger this year.
*+ 3rd February - NO2ID Dorking Meeting (1st Tuesday of month) +*
Tuesday, 3rd February 7.30pm at The Lincoln Arms, near Dorking mainline
station. Free drinks all night for new members!
_*+ Edinburgh +*_***
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
*+ 20th January - Edinburgh NO2ID Meeting +*
Tuesday. 20th January at 7.00pm in The Hall, Quaker Meeting House, 7
Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. Following our high-profile
demonstrations in 2007 and 2008 we shall be planning our campaign for
this year, to oppose the database state and to highlight the
government's ever-increasing obsession with surveillance. All welcome
_*+ 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:
_*+ London +*_
*+ 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...!
_*+ Manchester +*_
*+ 10th January - Manchester NO2ID Street Stall +*
Saturday, 10th January 2pm - 4pm in St. Ann's Square to raise awareness
among the public and engage people in discussion about the National
Identity Register. We'll be collecting signatures for the NO2ID petition
to keep people in touch with the campaign. 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!
*+ 14th January - Manchester NO2ID Meeting +*
Wednesday, 14th January 7pm in the Town Hall Tavern, Tib Lane,
Manchester. Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair-accessible; please
contact us if you have accessibility needs (e-mail us on or call us on 07982 814441).
Full details at
_*+ Newcastle +*_
*+ 13th January - Newcastle NO2ID Meeting (NOTE NEW VENUE), 2nd Tuesday
of each month +*
Tuesday, 13th January 7.30pm at the Jazz cafe, 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
_*+ Oxford +*_*
+ 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:
_*+ Shrewsbury +*_
*+ 19th January - Shrewsbury NO2ID "dining club" (3rd Monday of the
month) +*
Monday, 19th January - our regular "dining club" is meeting at about
7.15pm somewhere in the town centre. Do join us for a meal, or just come
along for a drink. We need to book the table a few days in advance, so
contact Rob Findlay on (or 07973 848910) if you'd
like to come along.
_*+ York +*_
A York group of NO2ID has now been formed with Ruth Prosser acting as
the local co-ordinator. An inaugural meeting is currently being planned
and will be advertised shortly. In the meantime if you live in the area
Ruth can be contacted at or you can contact James
Elsdon-Baker the regional Yorkshire co-ordinator at
"ID" in the news
*+ No ID? Then it's hard cheese, luv - Daily Mail 5/1/09 +*
Proof of identity looks like becoming this year's elf'n'safety. As the
Government presses ahead with its ridiculously expensive and utterly
useless ID cards scheme, barely a day goes by without a fresh report of
someone having to prove their age at a supermarket checkout counter.
*+ UK government to outsource internet tracking - vnunet 3/1/09 +*
The UK government is planning to use a private company to run its
proposed database of every phone call, text, email and web site visit.
In a proposal from Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the task of collecting
and maintaining the records would be given to a private firm in order to
reduce costs.
*+ Tenth of personal data held by Government is 'inaccurate' - Telegraph
1/1/09 +*
Government figures show that as many as 3.5 millions records, out of a
total of 47 million, were not right. The Conservatives said the
revelation has serious security issues and warned that some information
is being handed to third parties without authorisation.
*+ S. Korean woman 'tricked' airport fingerprint scan - The Daily
Yomiuri 1/1/09 +*
A South Korean woman entered Japan on a fake passport in April 2008 by
slipping through a state-of-the-art biometric immigration control system
using special tape on her fingers to alter her fingerprints, it was
learned Wednesday.
*+ 1978: Labour opposed ID cards to curb illegal immigration - The Times
30/12/08 +*
The Labour administration in 1978 believed the introduction of ID cards
would be "unacceptable" and "objectionable" in the fight against illegal
immigration, confidential documents released today show.
*+ Parents are encouraged to 'shield' children on database - Telegraph
27/12/08 +*
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is launching a publicity
campaign to let families know how much information on them will be held
by ContactPoint. In defiance of Government guidance, it will tell them
they can have details kept from the estimated one million officials who
would otherwise be allowed to access them.
*+ "Please give me an ID card" say UK citizens - 22/12/08 +*
More than 1,000 messages asking for ID cards have flooded into the Home
Office. Over the last two years, 1,142 out of 3,073 pieces of
correspondence to government on the biometric cards have been classified
as "wants an ID card", according to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.,3800010403,39368026,00.htm
*+ Jacqui Smith's husband behind series of defensive letters - Telegraph
21/12/08 +*
Richard Timney has written a series of letters to the Redditch
Advertiser, in the Home Secretary's constituency, defending
controversial plans for ID cards and attacking the Conservatives.
*+ Home Office stalls on DNA database decision - Kable 16/12/08 +*
In a speech to the IT trade association Intellect on 16 December 2008,
Smith announced one change in policy: the government will immediately
begin to remove the DNA of children under 10 - the age of responsibility
- from the database. But she remained non-committal on the broader use of
the database, saying only that the government will bring forward
proposals for consultation on the retention of DNA samples in a
forensics white paper next year.!OpenDocument
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor ( )


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