Yesterday the Home Secretary stumbled when David Davis asked her what we should do if our biometric identities are stolen or mislaid when in government possession. She also revealed complete ignorance of the work in her own department to have a common system of identity control throughout the EU.
I asked a Home Office Minister who was telling us about introducing ID cards for foreign nationals in the UK why we didn’t police our borders properly when people first arrived. I pointed out that everyone coming to the Uk should have a valid passport and visa where needed. Surely it is easier and cheaper to make the checks on first arrival and only allow in legal entrants?
The Minister responded that that was a "very twentieth century view"! Well I never. That was the boomerang quote of the session, which is so revealing about attitudes in the current Home Office.
They spend lots of our money on border controls, and claim they are beefing them up. When I ask that they are made to work properly so we do not need to introduce ID cards as well, I am told that it is out of date. Labour want to carry on spending money on ineffective border controls, and then spend more money on issuing cards and presumably checking up on people on the streets as a back up system, based on their assumption that they will be incompetent at running the borders. If people can forge passports and trade in illegal ones, why do they think it will be any different with ID cards? Why do we need both?
No wonder we pay so much tax, and no wonder nothing works. Wanting things to work is so "twentieth century".