The Big Question

    LEN SMITH

    Gypsy activist
    ID cards are more about power and control than any real effect
    in the areas claimed for them. False passports seem to be easily
    obtained at a price, and I’d bet the same goes for ID cards. It is
    always the vulnerable in society who are affected by such measures,
    never the legislators.

    JAYA KATHRECHA
    Carer
    Lots of countries have ID cards and they don’t cause the
    problems people here worry about. This country isn’t
    security-conscious enough. There’s so much fraud and ID cards would
    help to prevent it. It would be safer to pull out your card to
    prove who you were than to pull out your credit card.

    KIERRA BOX
    Young people’s activist
    ID cards would penalise young people. Under 24s are at most
    risk of street crime and would be reluctant to carry such important
    documents. If a card was lost or stolen, we could be denied access
    to public services, leaving us excluded from society for
    weeks.

    JEAN STOGDON

    Carer and Grand-parents Plus chair
    ID cards would hold no terrors for my generation. We carried
    them in the war. I don’t object on civil liberties grounds, but
    young Asian and black people are already being continually stopped
    by the police. ID cards might give them another reason.

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