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2005

Ethnic minorities "will be targeted by ID cards"

06/26/05

Tony Blair is facing increased opposition to ID cards amid fears that they will be used to target ethnic minorities. The Muslim Council of Britain will issue a statement expressing concern about the legislation today while the Commission for Racial Equality warned that the scheme could have an 'adverse impact on different racial groups.' Ministers are already bracing themselves for a battle over ID cards in the Commons tomorrow, when MPs will have their first opportunity to vote on the proposals since the election...

//news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=650052

from Independent [UK]



Ministers reject ID card claims

06/26/05

Senior ministers refused to compromise yesterday in the face of a ferocious onslaught from MPs, trade unions and civil liberty groups seeking to overwhelm tomorrow's Commons second reading of the ID cards bill. As critics stepped up the pressure on the system they have sought to paint as a 'plastic poll tax,' the scheme's achilles heel was increasingly being seen as the cost -- between £15bn and £18bn, according to some independent analysts. The home secretary, Charles Clarke, intervened to counter claims about the misuses to which the ID card data could be put. Ministers dismissed as 'complete and utter nonsense' one report that personal details about 44 million adults could be bought by firms for £750 a head."

//tinyurl.com/8fkqf

from Guardian [UK]


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