As she marches to electoral oblivion, she seems determined to cause as much misery on as many people as she can. Her latest ray of sunshine is that the good people of Manchester will be the guinea pigs for the ludicrous national ID card fiasco, sorry, I mean scheme. The government want to force me to have a card that I don’t want and certainly don’t need. And pay for the privilege! £30 for a useless piece of plastic and then another £30 for the right to invade my privacy. Unbelievable. And as we’ve got money to burn, the (at least), £5 billion cost isn’t even worth mentioning.
Still, I see a bright future for Ms Smith, post-election. In comedy. She warmed up with: “While private companies will clearly benefit from the increased footfall from offering this service, their customers will benefit from being able to quickly provide their biometrics while they are out doing the shopping.” That’s certainly what I want when I’m out shopping-the ability to quickly provide my biometrics.
She continued with: “With an identity card, people will be able to prove their identity quickly and conveniently while helping to protect themselves against identity fraud.” And then, like a comedy pro, she delivered the punchline-“ID cards will deliver real benefits to everyone, including increased protection against criminals, illegal immigrants and terrorists.” Ken Dodd, watch out.