I just came across this breaking news article in the RG. I don’t have much time to research and develop a full response to this issue, but I thought I might as well give my gut reaction here, and then read up more about the scheme in particular and write mroe later. Right now in the UK there is an attempt to institute ID cards and I’ll write more on that later. They want to start with international students at UK universities for the pilot (we can’t vote so who cares), and thats causing alot of anger amongst us, general plans being to boycott them and join the protest movements against them.
I am extremely wary of this initiative. As many elsewhere are bound to point out, this is easily going to be seen as a ratcheting up of hostilities towards ex-pats. It may also be used to discriminate against ex-pats (although in truth its easy enough to tell an ex-pat from a Bdian most of the time by way of accent). My main concern is that it may also be a prelude to a roll-out to all residents, foriegner or Bermudian regardless.
There are alot of issues with this, from identity theft to increased bureaucratisation and centralisation of the nation-state. As i’ve been a bit pre-occupied with my studies, I’ve been putting off getting to involved in the ID card debate here, but now, well, I certainly have access to alot of the literature on the issue. My gut reaction is that they are bad, but I’m going to have to beef up my response based on the pros and cons.
As it is, I am not in favour of the initiative, but I look forward to reading more about the scheme in particular and ID cards in general. I’ll write another post when I have had the opportunity to digest the issues more.
And I’m sure others will point out that I may be biased in that I am the son of two expatriates. I’ld rather call that as having some insight though.
As I was typing the full report was published on the RG site here.