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Britain Abandons Identity Card Scheme

British Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced the government would not implement a trial plan to compel workers at Manchester Airport and London City airport to carry ID cards regardless of their desire for such a form of identification. He also made clear there would not be any attempt by the current British government to compel citizens of the nation to wear any form of identify card. “Holding an identity card should be a personal choice for British citizens– just as it is for a passport.” Johnson said if any future British government should implement such a program it would be best be the result of legislation voted in Parliament rather than a decision by a prime minister.

Mr. Johnson indicated he might be willing to give those over the age of 75 an Identity Card. As a 78 year old, I find this last suggestion rather insulting. Believe it or not, Mr. Johnson, those of us over the age of 75 actually know our names, addresses and phone numbers. I suggest if anyone needs an identity card it would be members of Parliament.

London Police Chief Fired By Conservative Mayor

The newly elected Conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson, fired Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police because he no longer had the confidence of the Mayor. There was great fear this firing meant political factors were now becoming a factor in deciding who will lead the London police. However, Sir Iran Blair finds himself in the midst of several conflicts, including charges from his own subordinates that he has been guilty of prejudice against Asians. This has been controversial questions raised about his administration of the police, but the antics of Mayor Johnson deal with issues that never should be allowed to enter questions of whether or not someone should serve in public office.

Mayor Johnson says it is time for a “clean break and a new start for policing in London. I have made it clear there comes a time in any organization that it is right to give new leadership.” No one could argue with that statement, but without any specific charges being raised, one is left wondering what exactly has Blair done to warrant the firing.