The main difference as I see it, between supporters of ID cards and those against, is this. I basically believe that our government in the UK, have on balance; the best interests of their citizens at heart. Whereas a lot of opponents see government as evil and corrupt and something we shouldn't co-operate with.
By thinking like this, they are basically saying they think representative democracy is evil and corrupt. I do believe that representative democracy is inefficient. Proportional representation could better represent the interests of the electorate and a freer media could help the electorate understand the issues much better, but basically I believe government represents public opinion and government is an extension of us. We should consider the government as on our side and participate with it as much as we can. This is the best way to improve government.
It is we, the public, that makes government what it is. ID cards are obviously totally neutral in this, they are only as good or bad as the government in charge. It seems all the objections opponents have to ID cards are, in fact, objections to bad government.
Because I believe that governments are on balance a force for good, I have no objection to government's having direct access to information about my life which can improve the overall efficiency of public services and reduce crime. In fact I believe they already have access to all this information at present through a myriad of private companies and that a NIR will make this relationship more open, honest and efficient.
On the practical objections, I do believe it is right of opponents to point out practical problems with the government's scheme and push them into introducing the best scheme possible. But for me, trying to stop ID cards altogether is throwing the baby out with the bathwater and actually suggests quite a luddite attitude to the advance of technology.
Even if the ID card scheme did prove to be a complete disaster and I'm pretty sure that won't be the case. The cost at £5.8 billion is about the same as 1 years spend on the Iraq War.
We have elections every 5 years and it could quite easily be scrapped in the opening voluntary 5 year stage of its introduction if people are not happy. It would not be a massive problem for a trillion pound a year economy to overcome.
The potential benefits of an ID card, are in my opinion, too great to be ignored and the gamble is small when you consider that they have already been proven to work well in other countries. There is no reason whatsoever why that couldn't also be the case here.
ID cards are a revolutionary change and do need to be carefully introduced, but on balance I believe it is better to introduce a not quite perfect ID card scheme and improve its deficiencies as we go along than to not have an ID card scheme at all. This is why I support the government's plans to introduce ID cards and think that you should as well.