ID cards came into force today 25/11/08

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November 27, 2008 by cosmoakacitizensmith

There’s something liberating about having some corner of your life that’s yours, that no-one else gets to see except you. It’s a bit like nudity or taking a dump. Everyone gets naked every once in a while. Everyone has to squat on the toilet. There’s nothin shameful, deviant or weird about either of them. But what if I decreed from now on, every time you went to evacuate some solid waste, you’d have to do it is a glass room in the middle of Times Square, and you’d be buck naked?

Even if you’ve got nothing wrong or weird with your body – and how many of us can say that? – you’d have to be pretty strange to like that idea. Most of us would run screaming. Most of us would hold it in until we exploded.

It’s not about doing something shameful. It’s about doing something private. It’s about your life belonging to you.

From Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

I’m not sure if this quote is relevant to what follows, but I like it!

You can read a full report of the demo against ID cards in Cardiff, including a video, at the No Borders website here. The photo above is taken from there.


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