Alex Massie

Just Say No

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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.

Lord knows, the Tories will find ways to disappoint us all too, but on ID cards they are at least fairly sound. At the moment. While they are in opposition. We wait to see if they change their mind once in office. I would not be surprised if they did. But that's a matter for another day...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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