Show me your Identity is a phrase we are sure to hear in years to come so start shouting we don't want ID cards now!
Home Secretary Alan Johnson has unveiled the final design of the controversial national identity card.The card will be offered to members of the public in the Greater Manchester area from the end of this year.
Ministers plan to launch the £30 biometric ID Card nationwide in 2011 or 2012 - but it will not be compulsory.
No2ID, a national pressure group, is launching a counter-campaign across North-West England to derail the Home Office's plan.
Dave Page, from the organisation, said: "Once you are on that database, you can never come off it.
"From the moment you're registered you'll have to tell the authorities of any change in your circumstances for the rest of your life - and pay whatever fees they ask for the 'service'.
"You'll never know who's looking at your details. It won't protect our safety. It won't be convenient - except for Whitehall. This scheme is an expensive and dangerous con."
Thu, 30th Jul 2009 — Magicians Against ID Cards Benefit
Magicians Against ID Cards Benefit for NO2ID
Roll up for the Magical Liberty Tour at the Inn on the Green on Thursday 30th July from 8pm. London’s top magicians and mindreaders will take to the stage to offer you an evening of mystery and illusion. Find the Facebook event listing here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206002650482
You will laugh and be entertained as the performers read your thoughts and show you the impossible. You won't believe your eyes as the magic continues right under your nose during the interval whilst you enjoy a drink or two.
The show is supporting ‘NO2ID’ which will have a stand at the gig.
This is a very special evening and is not to be missed. Easy to get to – it’s just by Ladbroke Grove tube. Tickets are only £5 on the door.
Hosted by the very funny Tim Fitzhigham, who sailed the Channel in his bathtub, the confirmed acts are:
Ian Saville –“A deft and funny routine ... captivating in its charm ... utterly infectious” (Guardian)
James Freedman - pickpocketing and magical identity theft!
Michael Pearse – comedy and juggling that will have you splitting your sides
Katharine Rhodes – miraculous mentalism and mind-reading
Stephen Barry – hilarious magic from this prize-winning performer
Russell Levinson – stunning conjuring with a twist!