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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-05-27 10:42
Subject: A very expensive piece of plastic
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The ID card scheme has so far cost £250M.

15,000 cards have been issued.

The scheme is now to be scrapped.

It would have cost less to issue those people cars instead.

(Average price for a new car in 2008 was £14K . Cost per card was nearly £17K.)
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2010-05-27 09:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Unfortunately, we can't send the bill to the culprits.
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Silly Swordsman
User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2010-05-27 10:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And the people who got one can't really sell it as a collector's item.

Will they stil be considered valid proof of identity, though?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-05-27 10:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If someone was to present one for my inspection, I wouldn't be able to tell whether it was genuine or not, since I'd never have seen one before. c.f. retailers in Southern England being reluctant to accept Scottish bank notes - it's really difficult to actually be sure of something you've never seen before.
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2010-05-27 10:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But what of biometric passports (says the person whose passport will run out later this year, and is waiting on that being killed before renewing)?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-05-27 10:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not sure right now. (Mine doesn't expire till 2014 because I was trying to avoid the stuff that was coming in in late 2004, and renewed early.)

I suspect that nothing's changing on that front, because it was much more driven by the US border control people and various bilateral international agreements.
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The Uitlander
User: uitlander
Date: 2010-05-27 10:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The passport service had a notice on their website a few days ago that essentially said 'watch this space.' That's now been removed and the announcements about identity cards only is up there. I'm still watching the space.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-05-27 11:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aha.

Not having had any reason to look over there for quite a while, I was unaware of that.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-05-27 11:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
FWIW: British passports are about to be upgraded to a new international security standard but additional proposals to put more biometric information on in the future have also been axed.

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8707355.stm)
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jon_a_five
User: jon_a_five
Date: 2010-05-27 14:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
15,000 people just learned to never be early adopters :-D
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-05-27 14:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And they paid less than 0.2% of the cost, too.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-05-27 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
More to the point, it cost them about £35 a head, and the rest of us about £5 a head.
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