- Tony Blair achieves stage one in his attempt to force me to emigrate. Stage two to follow later today.
Of course, now that they're going to tie passports in to ID cards and force us all to have the buggers, I'd better get my act in gear and find a country without such mental authoritarians in charge (preferably one that allows me to smoke in pubs) to give me citizenship asap, or (thanks to the government's ever so generous concession to make it "volunatary") the only way to avoid having the barcode tattooed firmly on my forehead will be to find a remote part of Dartmoor and avoid all human contact for the rest of my days.
I think I'm probably rather too angry adequately to express just how much I despise this God-awful, craven, cowardly bastard of a government, and every single MP who voted in favour of that horrendously illiberal bill.
Update: Oh, and am I right in thinking that, following this question from Tory Ben Wallace, Charles Clarke has admitted that all a terrorist/dodgy criminal type need do is fly to Ireland, get a fake Irish passport and then hop on a boat to Liverpool before being allowed free travel throughout the UK? Or was Shadow Home Secretary David Davis correct in suggesting that, for the ID cards plan to work, the Irish government will also have to adopt the bloody things, re-introducing somewhat unfortunate similarities to the old colonial days?
Update 2: A Kate Hoey follow-up solicited the following from the Safety Elephant:
"Once it is compulsory to register, Irish citizens resident here would be obliged to register. The common travel area is unaffected in principle by that definition, although, as I told the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden, a series of practical questions arise that are subject to active discussion in those circumstances."So yes, it would appear that the Irish bypass will be well and truly open to all dodgy foreigners with bombs and the like.
Please also note the Freudian slip "once it is compulsary". It's only a matter of time, kids...