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May 13 2010   4:42PM GMT

Stemming the flood of ID card applications

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

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ID cards
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Following the Conservatives and Liberal Democrat coalition’s rise to power, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has taken rapid action over the two parties’ manifesto promises to scrap ID cards.

A message on the IPS web site warns “anyone thinking of applying” for an ID card to “wait for further announcements.”

Can’t you just hear the collective groan from the hoards of prospective identity card holders that had been flooding to get their applications in? There must be, ooh, as many as a handful of disappointed people.

We will all, meanwhile, await the announcement “in due course” as to how scrapping the multimillion-pound ID cards and National Identity Register contracts with IT suppliers “will be achieved”…


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