Thursday, October 9, 2008

Laws of Unintended Consequences

The Financial Times reports: “Anti-terrorism powers were used on Wednesday to recoup money owed to UK depositors in a failed Icelandic bank… the freezing order was issued under the 2001 Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act that was passed after the September 11 attacks the same year.”

Earlier it was reported how the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) allows operations to fight terrorism as well as dog fouling, enforcing school catchment areas and fly-tipping.

Now, just imagine what mischief the government could do with the national identity database.

The ID cards, and their database, must be stopped before we all become victims of Labour’s laws of unintended consequences.

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