It looks like shouting victory was premature:
Despite the demise of the national identity card, a separate but technically similar scheme for some foreign nationals will continue. That scheme is run by the UK Border Agency and is still being rolled out.
Some 200,000 cards – known as biometric resident permits – have already been given to migrant workers, foreign students and family members from outside the European Economic Area.
The abolition of ID cards is among measures that the coalition partners have pledged to take as part of a reversal of what they call an erosion of civil liberties.
As it was in Apartheid South Africa, all ‘foreigners’ are going to be compelled to be fingerprinted and put into an NIR Lite®. This is what it looks like:
If you are caught out in the street while looking like a Pakistani, an Indian or a West Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Arab, North African, West African, South African, South American (no, they just SHOOT them on sight), you will be pulled over and asked to show your ID Card. If you do not have it, they will force you to put your finger on their mobile fingerprint scanner then the magic will happen…
But wait a minute, we have been here before!!
Foreigners who repeatedly flout the rules when they are made to apply for ID cards will be thrown out, the Government said yesterday.
Immigrants will have to give two fingerprints, iris scans and a raft of personal details to the Home Office when the scheme is introduced for foreign nationals only later this year.
Ministers said that, if they fail to comply with these “primary requirements”, they could have their permission to stay in the UK revoked.
But papers released yesterday revealed that only serial offenders – who break the rules at least three times in five years – will face removal.
Initially, they will face only fines of £250 per offence. And refugees will face only fines – up to a maximum of £1,000 – as human rights laws bar them from being deported.
A consultation document on penalties under the scheme, which is a fore-runner of the national ID card for all British citizens, also said there was no power to jail anyone who failed to pay the civil fines.
But the offence of contempt, which can carry a jail term, “may be applicable”, it added.
Someone with indefinite leave to remain in Britain would only have their leave cancelled in “compelling circumstances”, the paper went on. Fines would be discounted for people on benefits.
The roll-out will begin later this year, with the children of foreign nationals also expected to carry the cards.
Opposition MPs said it offered a glimpse into how the ID card scheme for British citizens could work, when it is introduced from 2009.
Liberal Democrat spokesman Chris Huhne said: “This shows the kind of punitive measures that every British citizen can expect when ID cards are eventually rolled out nationally.
“ID cards for foreign nationals are not going to solve the problems of identity fraud and illegal working. All they will do is threaten the immigration status of hard working people who bring benefits to this country.”
But Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said: “Britain’s border security is currently undergoing the biggest shake-up in a generation, ensuring it stays among the toughest in the world.
“ID cards for foreign nationals will cement the triple ring of security protecting our shores, along with fingerprint visas abroad and a single border force here at home.”
Look at the image they used to illustrate this article.
It’s just the sort of photo they would use to inflame peoples emotions and get them on board with ID cards for foreigners.
But the question is this; how are they going to differentiate between those people?
Lets look at it from the policeman’s point of view shall we?
Obviously, the first person you stop is the Muslim on the far left in purple, ‘Number 1′. This guy is probably here on a passport with a Visa, and should be carrying his card.
‘Number 2′ we do not stop. She has her belly button showing, and is ‘light skinned’. The belly button, tight jeans and no bra means that she cannot possibly be a muslim, so we leave her alone.
Anyway she’s hot.
‘Number 3′ we pull over straight away. He looks ‘muslimish’, is wearing a cap and looks ’shifty’. Frowning fits the profile. Stop.
‘Number 4′ STOP!
‘Number 5′ Call a WPC….STOP. Covered from head to toe, carrying heavy thick plastic bag.
‘Number 6′ Mouse brown hair, fashionable clothes, conscious of her hair. No stop.
‘Number 7′ Same as number 6.
‘Number 8′ Hot blond, no stop.
‘Number 9′ Nice handbag strap, caucasian, no stop.
Now, there is one problem with all the above:
EVERY ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS A BRITISH CITIZEN!
Not one of them is required to carry or apply for an ID card of any kind, because they are all British and all of them were born right here in the UK.
This is the problem with what they are planning; it is the begnning of ‘racial’ profiling on an unprecedented scale. That is the only way you are going to be able to pick up all the foreigners and get them fingerprinted. Then of course, after it is done (if it ever even happens) You will forever be pestering British Citizens simply because they do not ‘look the part’.
Then will come the calls for everyone to be put in the database, since to have only a section of the population under this system makes no sense at all, as we have said so many times.
Even if everyone were in the system, they would STILL use ‘racial’ profiling every day trying to hunt down the stragglers and the refusniks. This is a disaster in the making of the type that Britain suffered with its ‘sus law‘. Only it will be much much worse.
This is discrimination of the worst kind. It is also a breaking of trust in the same vein as the non-dom debacle; people who have lived here for decades are now to be treated as criminals, and subjected to a system created by habitual liars and incompetents who have so little care for human beings that it strains the imagination as to what it would be like to actually speak to these monsters in person.
The fact of the matter is, this is discrimination, pure and simple. A legal challenge is coming. An infrastructure for mass resistance is already in place.
This measure, this ‘dry run’ will be the death knell of this bad scheme.
Thats how we said it in 2008.
if you think that the borders agency is not going to share their database with the police you are insane.
That means that the police and their mobile fingerprint scanners are going to be used to terrorise anyone who is brown.
As the police use mobile scanners, they will scan you, and if you are not on the database it means one of three things:
does that mean you ARE british? Only the British are NOT on NIR Lite® does this mean you ARE an illegal immigrant? Only illegal immigrants are NOT on NIR Lite® you ARE an illegal immigrant: DETAIN IMMEDIATELY AND WAIT FOR BORDER POLICE
Interesting isn’t it? Any imbecile can work this out, but clearly, Nick Clegg has not the capacity to do this.
It probably went down like this: the ID Card vendors had break clauses in their contracts that would have cost the treasury tens of millions. Rather than invoke these clauses and pay out the penalties, the coalition gave the contractors the contract for the Borders Agency NIR Lite® system as compensation, in return for not invoking the break clauses.
What is for sure is that this is nothing more than a delay in the roll out of a compulsory ID card system for every British citizen.
In the end the penny will drop that they have to have everyone in the system to know the status of anyone.
A piecemeal system cannot work; that is why every country that has an ID Card makes them compulsory for everyone.
For the record, there is no reason whatsoever to have an NIR Lite® to control borders. This is vendor snake-oil and the coalition has swallowed it wholesale. All the fingerprinting and iris scanning in the world will not stop illegal immigration.
But you know this!