Today the Scottish Government are debating the requirement for identity cards.
The LibDems have been vocal about this issue. In 2005 the SNP joined with the Libdems against the creation of ID cards so what has changed in the past 10 years?
Since being elected to power the SNP has been quietly gathering information on Scotland’s population; much of it under the umbrella of ‘protection of children’, yet everyone’s NHS records are now on a government database. Why that is necessary I’ve no idea as medics don’t seem to be able to access them. Surely I’m not the only person to attend a hospital appointment only to have to give the specialist my medical history as ’ no records were available’. A couple of times when I questioned why they were not accessible through the (compulsory) computer which sits on every NHS desk, I was told the system was inadequate.
The SNP’s policy of placing every child’s personal information on a database is abhorred by many (including myself) but it feels as if the many protestors are being treated with disdain.
John Swinney said on STV recently:
Unfortunately I don’t believe Mr Swinney on this occasion. The SNP’s disregard of opinion about their ‘named person’ section of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act has greatly reduced my trust in the Scottish Government. Nor do I believe our NHS details will not be sold to the higher bidder.
Surely if there is a need for a national ID card it could be along the lines of the basic cards such as Student IDs or YoungScot IDs, but with using iris recognition to deter fraud. The technology is there if the desire is strong enough. Indeed a national ID card may be sensible in this day and age, but one which holds all your personal data? That is an invasion of personal privacy.
I’ll be recording the debate this afternoon. It should be interesting.