Green Party in England & Wales
Green Party calls for an independent audit of the ID card scheme to cut
through the current "chaos and confusion" as peers rebuff bill
Rajeev Thacker, Green Party Home Affairs Spokesperson, comments: "We
continue to be fiercely opposed to the government's ID card scheme as an
unnecessary, intrusive and costly project.
"The row over the scheme has become increasingly intense as The LSE has
accused the Home Office of deliberately withholding vital information and
blocking their research team's attempts to produce an unbiased and
comprehensive report (1), whilst some peers have deemed the government's
"In view of this breakdown in relations, an independent audit is the only
way forward. It is clear that the government are determined to push through
yet another unpopular and unnecessary piece of legislation and it is
essential that we hold national debate, in place of this bitter wrangling.
"If, as the LSE has suggested, Charles Clarke's proposed private financing
of the initiative, will create a situation of constant identity checking by
companies to increase profits, producing an 'unregulated rolling tax on
citizens' (1), there is an even greater need for external analysis of the
precise workings of the scheme and the proposed figures.
"The Green Party fully supports calls in the House of Lords for an
independent audit as part of a concerted effort to bring about
accountability and transparency on the project proposals as a whole.
"It is ironic that our only hope now lies with the un-elected House of
Lords, unless of course Tony Blair defies public opinion and common sense
once again to force through this bill using the Parliament Act.