Not Saussure

February 5, 2007

Excellent news

Filed under: civil liberties, ID cards, UK — notsaussure @ 7:41 pm

Well, unless the Conservatives decide to do something absolutely barking, that just about settles for whom to vote in the next election if you happen to live in a constituency where it’s a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives.

Via Tim Worstall and Iain Dale:

David Davis has written to Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell, giving formal notice that an incoming Conservative administration would scrap the Government’s costly ID card project.And the Shadow Home Secretary has warned of the financial dangers of the Government signing contracts to set up the ID card scheme when it faces cancellation if the Conservatives are returned to power at the next election.

In his letter, Mr Davis asked what provision, if any, has been made in the relevant contractual arrangements to protect the Government – and public funds – against the costs that would be incurred as a result of early cancellation of the scheme; with a similar letter fired off to likely major contractors, warning them of the Party’s intentions.


More on the Conservative Party’s site.

Update:  And now here’s David Davis attacking 90-day detention.    It’s really come to something when a Conservative shadow Home Secretary, normally regarded as something of a right-winger, is making the running on civil liberties.
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  1. This is good news. I expect Labour to ignore it though,

    Comment by cityunslicker — February 5, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

  2. I’m sure they will, though I suspect many Labour MPs will feel a bit queasy about having to defend ID cards as a major election issue.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens as a result of David Davis’ warnings about the cost implications for companies should the Conservatives win and cancel the project.

    Comment by notsaussure — February 5, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

  3. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for either of them, but I find it scary to think that as a committed left-winger I think it might be better to vote for the Tories than New Labour.

    Comment by Dan Goodman — February 6, 2007 @ 12:34 am

  4. Yes, have to agree. You can put down your glasses on that one.

    Comment by james higham — February 6, 2007 @ 8:19 am

  5. Exactly Dan, which is all the more reason for campaigning for PR to be introduced. I can’t countenance voting for the Tories no matter what their approach to civil liberties is.

    Comment by . — February 6, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

  6. For whom,then, would you advise me to vote in the next election, Dan or Obsolete, since in the last election Labour held the seat by the skin of their teeth, a couple of hundred votes ahead of the Conservatives, with the Lib Dems coming nowhere?

    I realise this wouldn’t be a problem under PR — though the thought of a system that potentially had the main parties trying to court UKIP or Respect to join them in coalitions doesn’t exactly thrill me — but we won’t have PR come the next election. Given that I really don’t want ID cards and it’s a marginal seat, who do you want me to vote for?

    Comment by notsaussure — February 6, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

  7. Vote for the Tories. I was thinking only of myself. If the Lib Dems promise to bring in PR, then I would advise a vote for them across the whole country, regardless of local tactical considerations to make a point.

    My constituency is also a two-horse race, although the Lib Dems did catch up to an extent last time.
    I voted Labour at the last election (to my eternal regret) because my local MP had at least abstained on the vote over the war, and had opposed control orders. He lost to the Tory, who has been decent enough, but I still wouldn’t vote for him or for Tory policies across the board. I’ll see what the prospective Labour candidate is like I suppose, but I’ll probably either vote Lib Dem or Green.

    Comment by . — February 6, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

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