Daily Archives: March 3, 2007


Will Stewart and Elizabeth Sanderson write in the Daily Mail about Charles Clarke’s claims that ID cards could protect civil liberties: According to Indrek Tarand, an Estonian museum director featured in Mr Clarke’s documentary, life under Soviet dictatorship consisted of a whole series of abuses of state power. With a regulated ID card system, however, such abuses became more difficult because information was properly collected and securely stored. This may seem like a reasonable argument – even one that might justify Mr Clarke’s rather personal revelations. Unfortunately, however, it does not stand up to closer scrutiny, as The Mail on Sunday discovered when we went to Estonia last week to test Mr Clarke’s theories. … What Mr Clarke fails to mention is that, unlike Britain, Estonia has a long history of identity documents – yet they have repeatedly failed to protect citizens against totalitarian persecution. They point out that Estonia […]

The truth about Charles Clarke’s ID card claims


Clip of Phil Booth, being interviewed by Peter Tatchell for his politics show on 18 Doughty Street, explaining how the government’s proposed ID card scheme is a serious threat to our freedoms, privacy and civil liberties: Full programme here.

‘Talking with Tatchell’