What did Manchester do to deserve the ID card trial?

Vicki Woods writes in the Daily Telegraph:

Jacqui Smith, who is obviously determined to Keep Calm and Carry On while the nation’s attention is engaged by other matters, said on Wednesday that “ID cards will deliver real benefits to everyone, including increased protection against criminals, illegal immigrants and terrorists.” Yawn. No, they won’t. I’d have switched her off, only she suddenly said that they’d be “rolled out” in Manchester this year. Why? I’m fond of Manchester. What did Manchester ever do to deserve ID cards?