29/5/07. For immediate release.
Campaign group NO2ID  argue today that premier-in-waiting Gordon Brown should save the Exchequer billions of pounds in a time of tightened public spending by scrapping the abortive identity cards scheme.
But a national newspaper article today suggests that Mr Brown will back the identity cards scheme set in motion by his predecessor , despite speculation that he, as Chancellor, might have been convinced the project would be prohibitively expensive.
Simon Davies, an academic at the London School of Economics which produced a report highly critical of the government’s plans, was among those consulted by the ‘Identity management forum.’
Led by Sir James Crosby, it has been tasked by Gordon Brown to demonstrate the scheme’s benefits to the business world.
Simon Davies was quoted in press reports saying: “I think Gordon Brown wants to create clear blue water between himself as premier and Mr Blair on the ID programme, without scrapping it like the Tories want. The Crosby report will help him justify such a move.”
Guy Herbert, NO2ID General Secretary, said:
“John Major killed the poll tax. Mr Brown has a great opportunity to drop the whole misconceived plan for the government to ‘manage’ my identity and yours, before it has a chance to cripple his premiership. That would be a strong and wise decision.
“But if he makes only cosmetic changes or tries to sell it differently, just to avoid the temporary embarrassment of changing his mind to a position agreed upon by the opposition, the vast majority of political commentators and the public, he will look increasingly foolish as the authoritarian insanity of nationalising the people unravels.”
 – NO2ID is the non-partisan national campaign against ID cards and the database state. www.no2id.net