There are very good reasons for wanting to be rid of this shower sooner rather than later:
Identity cards could be handed out to children as young as 14, a home office minister has suggested.
The first ID cards are due to be offered to 16 and 17-year-olds from 2010 as part of a plan to introduce the controversial scheme in stages.
But Meg Hillier said the age range was still "up for grabs" and could be lowered "if they prove popular".
She also said the scheme might be too far advanced for the Tories to "unpick" if they came to power in 2010.