Do you have your papers, sir?
The might of incrementalism as a persuasive tool; the great ID database project creaks slowly on and each new power of the state slowly adds up to becoming more of a burden on Britain.
So, we are going to have to have an ID card after 2008 if we want to have a new passport. Maybe it's not so bad after all. It could just be a Government plan to cut down on cheap air travel - I'll certainly try to put off renewing my passport!
To avoid the card hassle couldn't they just pop a chip in the arm of each newly-born with the details on?