22 April, 2004: Yet more on bloody ID cards

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Just a brief note: the poll reported in the Times and elsewhere on ID cards was conducted for IT consultancy Detica; they have carefully prepared pro and anti press releases about the results from the poll.

So, first the bad news:

And the (relatively) good news:

So the take home message is that people believe that the card will be useful, but they are concerned about the ability of the government to introduce it without making a tremendous balls-up of it. This is sad -- since it tells us that people have accepted the fiction about the efficacy of the card -- but it shows that the policy has serious weak points; in particular, people really don't want to pay for the thing. Cost is clearly the thing to emphasise here.

And, per previous rule, the obligatory holiday photos; these ones are biometrically themed:

Elephant Horse

Update: `Spy Blog' has a better analysis (in my defence I'll say that I jotted down the above just as I was rushing out of the door this morning) which links to the in-depth results from the poll which are themselves worth a look.

Copyright (c) 2004 Chris Lightfoot; available under a Creative Commons License.