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Benefits to the individual (of ID Cards) [Apr. 3rd, 2006|10:18 pm]
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I really should stop reading about this subject, it just provides an endless list of stupid/dangerous/scary things. Here the reason given on the new Identity and Passport Service website why ID cards will Make it easier for you to travel in Europe:
With a UK ID card that shows your nationality you will be able to enter European countries without the need to carry your passport. The card will also reduce checking time at ports and borders.
Really last time I traveled outside the UK (February this year to France), what happened was a queued up for passport control in the UK, a bored looking guy sort of looked at my passport and scanned it. Over in France much the same thing happened expect the people checking my passport looked even more bored.

So really how are ID Cards going to reduce checking times? most of the time is taken up wait for your passport/ID Card to be checked not the check itself. As for not needing a passport, well so you have something that your can use as passport but only in EU countries, just in a different form factor, great, all this expense to duplicate functionality we already have with the extra bonus of having a database track our daily lives?

I guess I'm still not a good citizen.