Gordon Brown was asked about ID cards during his interview on Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday 12th May. Here’s what he said:
R4: Are you committed to the ID card plan?
GB: Yes. We are going through with the ID plan, and –
R4: No rethink.
GB: What I said yesterday, I think it’s a very important point here, if you are in a situation, where you or I, could easily have my identity stolen, then that is a threat to my privacy and my civil liberties, and that is an increasingly common feature of our society. If you are also in a situation where you have people with massive numbers of separate identities, and using these in passports and elsewhere to get into the country, then identity is becoming a far more important issue. But what I feel that you’ve got to show people is that as you have to take measures to deal with the security of the country, you’ve also got to show people that the civil liberties of the individual are respected, that there will be no arbitrariness; that at the same time there will be proper accountability for any decisions that are made, and of course the strengthening of the Parliamentary procedures for accountability, and at the same time the assurance to people that their identity or any other aspect of what they do will not be treated in an arbitrary way, is an important part of what I believe is the British constitution, what I believe is what people in Britain have valued over the centuries, that the civil liberties of the individual are upheld.
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