Well folks, today I hit that point, thanks to this story, tucked away on EducationGuardian:
Students will be "blackmailed" into holding identity cards in order to apply for student loans, the Tories have warned.What is it about ID cards that gives Labour such a blind spot on this? They talk about a "voluntary phase", and no compulsion without further legislation, and then they immediately start cooking up schemes like this, which to my mind can only be described as fucking despicable. As NO2ID state:
According to Home Office documents leaked to the Conservative party last night, those applying for student loans will be forced to hold identity cards to get the funding from 2010.
Anyone aged 16 or over will be expected to obtain a card - costing up to £100 - to open a bank account or apply for a student loan.
The document says: "We should issue ID cards to young people to assist them as they open their first bank account, take out a student loan, etc."
This is less a phased introduction than a clandestine one. There is to be no choice.