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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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epocalypse
User: epocalypse
Date: 2010-05-27 10:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And so much worse than the previous Scottish Labour administration spending £20 million on a new toll plaza for the Forth Road Bridge (plus all the accompanying disruption while it was built) only for the SNP to come to power and abolish tolls six months after its completion (and cue more disruption as they pull it all down)
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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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