The Home Secretary had been scheduled to make a low-key announcement, abandoning plans for ID card trials at two airports which would have made carrying them compulsory for some pilots and airline staff.
After doing so, however, he went much further and declared: "I want the introduction of identity cards for all British citizens to be voluntary."
A government source said: "Number 10 knew Alan was going to make the airports announcement. But they had no idea he would simply tear up the entire policy as far as compulsory cards were concerned."
Sunday, July 5, 2009
UK's Home Secretary Abandons Compulsory ID
CONGRATULATIONS TO No2 ID & the U.K. for BEATING THE CHIP!!!
They defeated their own Real ID. We can do this. We can definitely do this.