KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 9th January 2007 -
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GOODBYE ID CARDS, HELLO JOBS FOR KENT
The loss of 25 million people’s data by HM Revenue and Customs has completely undermined Government assurances about the safety of its planned ID cards. This is potentially good news for Kent as the fantastic sums ID cards would absorb could be applied to more rational security measures including more Revenue and Customs jobs and more police and immigration officials.
Steve Dawe comments: “The Government cut over 10,000 jobs 2004-2006 as part of the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise. This has now been shown to be disastrous for security with both major and minor losses of personal data. Clearly, the Government cannot be trusted to run a unified database holding all the personal information it has on households in the UK. Introducing ID cards will cost between £10 to 19 billion, according to a London School of Economics study. Bearing in mind we only spend £12 billion a year on policing as a whole, this is an immense cost. Spending such extra resources on more and better tax official, policing, crime prevention, immigration officers and improved security for passports would make more sense. This would have positive implications for employment in Kent – especially for the Folkestone and Dover areas.
“The worst feature of the Government's plans is one integrated database in which all Government-held information on individuals will be shared. No state with ID cards does this, because it would make identity theft much easier. Bribe an official, hack one computer database, and personal information is unlocked on an unprecedented scale. Also, countries with ID cards such as Spain and France have still had terrorism so the idea that ID cards in some way improve security is imaginary.
“All other political parties in Britain, other than Labour, are opposed to ID cards. It is about time the Government admitted they are right and it is wrong.”
FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, on 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.