The Monster Just Won’t Die

Doubtless we have all seen those horror movies where the monster, kicked, shot, stabbed and beaten into lifeless submission still gets up for more punishment and just won’t do the decent thing and die.

Well, it ain’t just the movies.

The European Commission is set to launch a substantial review of rules governing personal documents with the aim of making electronic identities take off across the EU. But the proposal faces likely opposition from civil rights groups and member states where identity cards do not exist.

Neelie Kroes, the EU’s Digital Agenda Commissioner, will present by the beginning of June a new legislative proposal which aims “to facilitate cross-border electronic transactions” through the adoption of harmonised e-signatures, e-identities and electronic authentication services (eIAS) across EU member states, according to an internal document seen by EurActiv.

Here we go again. Barely had we put down our pitchforks from our battle with the Labour clusterfuck that was to be imposed upon us by Big Blunkett and pals, than their masters in Brussels decide to bypass any veneer of autonomous sovereignty and go for the jugular. And, never mind that we don’t want the damned things and certainly don’t have any need for them –  and that’s before you get into the plethora of reasons why government just should not have this facility, they want them and they will now seek to impose them, come what may –  although they use cuddly words like incentive rather than force.

We, the refusniks, are a mere inconvenience in the grand scheme and their irritation is noted.

Perhaps more frustrating for the European Commission is that some member states like the United Kingdom do not even have paper identity cards, and the idea of adopting them causes widespread public opposition.

Yes. Absolutely. Long may it continue.

I refuse. I refused when the Labour government tried it on and I refuse now and I will continue to refuse. I know who I am. If I feel that it is necessary for you to know who I am, I will give you just enough information that we may do business. Anything else is none of your business, so bog off.

When Tony Blair’s Labour government discussed the idea of ID cards, a citizen movement sprang up overnight to block the plans.

It is just as well that NO2ID was never disbanded. It looks as if we will need it all over again.

Can we leave yet?

H/T Captain Ranty.

6 comments for “The Monster Just Won’t Die

  1. Greg Tingey
    May 27, 2012 at 9:19 am


    This is going to be a long slog, isn’t it?

    • BJ
      May 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

      For this generation and the next – and the one after that…..

      • May 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

        Liberty requires eternal vigilance.

  2. graham wood
    May 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

    “I know who I am.” Precisely. The unassailable argument, and the one that trumps all others.
    If the law in the shape of a policeman requires to know who I am for legitimate reasons, then of course we would be only too happy to comply. But that is all.
    When snooping unelected, busybodies wish to “know who I am” then I decline to bow to that assumed authority, and I will tell them so in no uncertain terms.
    Its the equivalent in WW2 terms of captured British and allied personnel of giving only name, rank, and number, but then that was a wartime situation under the (Geneva?) convention.
    We are not in a war situation. The EU Commission or any other lackey it employs will not be allowed even that ‘privilege’ by me.
    Yup – ‘here we go again’. Well we will have to tell them over and over again until they DO get the message. Don’t play silly games with us. 😆

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    May 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    XX Can we leave yet? XX

    The East Germans had it lucky. They had sommewhere to dream of leaving TO.

    Us? Where do you esacpe TO, when the madness is world wide?

    Only thing left to do is FIGHT it.

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