The Case For Id Cards

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

THE CASE FOR ID CARDS

Date: 20th January 2017

ID CARDS

I simply do not understand resistance to ID Cards. So many organisations have so much detailed information about us that we might as well have them.

Today, for the first time in years, I had to send a payment to the Inland Revenue (No we didn’t earn a fortune in my heyday and there were no occupational pension rights). Once upon a time, as a self employed free lance worker, I would have written a cheque, addressed an envelope and sent it. This is something you are no longer encouraged to do - the Inland Revenue, like most other organisations, wants everything ‘OnLine’. I’m not the most adept technological whizz and tend to shy away from doing anything on line if I can help it. (I was also concerned that, had I sent a cheque, it could have got lost in the labyrinthine corridors of the Inland Revenue and then, Heaven forfend, I would have had endless phone calls if I could actually get through to a person.  I loathe Call Centres with a passion and especially those manned by the people with heavy accents who speak too fast)

 
Today, I had to register with the Government Department dealing with Tax and create an Online Account. It took me 45 minutes.  They required all my personal details, also my NHS and Passport Numbers- there is very little that the Government now don’t know about me (apart from which side of the blanket I was born) so why the resistance to ID Cards.

If we did have them, it would cut down an enormous amount of Benefit Fraud, Health Tourism and might help in the fight against terrorism,  etc. Other civilized nations have them so why not us or is it that the cost would be high and all Governments only deal in short-termism!

Actually, I would willingly pay for an ID Card if it would put money where it ought to go and deter criminality.

And whilst I’m on my Soap Box! I firmly believe that Health and Education should be outside of Politics. What do we see constantly? A Government has a fixed term and ‘short sight’ - they are not going to rock the boat because they want to be re-elected so they do not look at the larger picture. How much money has been wasted ‘fiddling’ with Health and Education? And what about the maxim ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

Anyone else agree with me?

Addendum - I received quite obviously a scam email today telling me that I had a rebate due to me from HMRC  and to click and enter my details - the email address was totally implausible BUT why did I receive this less than 24 hrs after I had to sign up to the HMRC Website???

If you think you've received a scam email 'from' HMRC - don't take any chances.  Go to this address

https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing

which will also give you an email to which you can send the offending article and which will help HMRC put a stop to future activity.  It is all extremely difficult and I think we are becoming more and more at risk because of all the Online activity into which we are being gently 'forced'.

What do you think? Send your feedback to contact@jan-leeming.com.