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COUNCILS GIVE BLANKET REJECTION TO IDENTITY CARD

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The local authority associations have told the home secretary that it is opposed in both principle and practice to ...
The local authority associations have told the home secretary that it is opposed in both principle and practice to a compulsory or voluntary national identity card, reports The Independent (p2).

In their formal response to Michael Howard's green paper, the associations say they oppose a scheme because they believe it 'would be detrimental to the rights of individual citizens'.

Policing, the say, 'relies on public co-operation,' says the response. 'Giving the police powers to stop people and ask them to prove their identity is a major intrusion on the rights of the citizen and is bound to heighten tension between the police and certain sections of the community', the paper reports.
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