The Expose / Rhoda Wilson
The UK Government has opened a consultation “to support” digital identification and the sharing of personal data. They are not consulting whether the public agrees with their sinister plan. Neither does the Government’s “consultation” encourage public debate on the matter. They are surveying the public in such a way as to garner support.
The list of government departments that would share your data under this proposed plan is extensive and, be warned, not exhaustive – the organisations that will have access to your data, and ultimately control over your life, will grow. Alarmingly your data will also be shared with unknown private organisations which provide services to a public authority.
The consultation is open until 1 March 2023. Don’t buy into their rigged survey, but instead email the Government’s Data Sharing Legislation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org and say “NO.”
History of Britain’s Fight Against IDs
On 21 February 1952, Winston Churchill’s government scrapped ID cards. Why? In his words, to “set the people free.”
In 1950, Harry Willcock, a 54-year-old London dry cleaner, was stopped by a policeman who demanded to see his ID. He refused, telling him simply, “I am against this sort of thing.”
Mr Willcock was prosecuted and the case reached the High Court in 1951. In the judgment, Lord Chief Justice Goddard said the 1939 Act was “never passed for the purposes for which it is now apparently being used” and that using the law in this way “tends to turn law-abiding subjects into lawbreakers (…) such action tends to make the people resentful of the acts of the police.”
These words have an eerie relevance to us today. Every word could be applied to the use of the Public Health Act 1984, under which anything from visiting our families to political leafleting is currently deemed a criminal act. History teaches us that emergency measures tend to extend in duration and purpose, often to the disadvantage of citizens.
The UK rejected ID cards again after, in the wake of 9/11, then Prime Minister Tony Blair told us we couldn’t possibly fight terrorism without them.
Government proposals for ID cards have been periodically revived. During the covid era, the government has tried to re-introduce IDs in various forms, for example, vaccine passports and track and trace apps. The Government has also been quietly developing a “digital identity framework” so that, for example, we can use facial recognition apps connected to government-approved identity systems. There is also the “Electoral Integrity Bill” to require voter ID. It is only a matter of time before all these ID demands converge into a national ID system – that makes Mr Willcock’s fight against his paper ID card look quaint.
We now are faced with the latest move to impose IDs onto us. On 4 January 2023, the Government opened a public consultation on “draft legislation to support identity verification.” There are 12 questions in the survey. Not one of them questions whether the Government’s scheme should be implemented. The survey makes out it is a fait accompli. They are not consulting the public, they are attempting to herd us in the direction they want us to go.
As Rich Vobes said: “EMAIL SHOULD BE THE WAY WE RESPOND. We are being hoodwinked into answering the questionnaire and we should not, we should just send an email with a simple, NO to the whole idea. Please send your response by 1 March 2023 to The Data Sharing Legislation Team at email@example.com.”
The fight against ID cards is about more than just databases – it’s about protecting the presumption of innocence and liberty, which is the basis of a free society. It’s about empowering citizens against overbearing authorities. We are more than just a number, and registration code, or worse, a vaccine risk score.
The UK should be showing courage and leadership to build a freer future – to “set the people free.” Instead, with the various forms of IDs they have been and are trying to implement, the Government is offering us a future of more controls, not more freedom.
Consultation on draft legislation to support identity verification
Richard Vobes talked about the Government’s “public consultation” in a recent podcast, see below. “The [consultation] is written in a very strange way to guide you almost to pretty much agree with everything they say,” he noted.
The Government’s selling point to get the public to buy into the implementation of this system is to make it easier and more convenient for users. However, anything that’s easy and convenient may not be easy or convenient for just you, it will be far more easier and convenient for a government body to know more about you than you really want to say. Each separate government department will have all the information about you, from all departments, through your digital government identity.
Richard Vobes: Urgent! UK Government’s Digital Identity Survey, 11 January (26 mins).