What is so wrong with the idea of having a Government issued ID card? If everyone was to have an ID card, it would stop underage kids being served alcohol, it would help tackle immigration, in the long run with the inclusion of finger prints and possibly DNA being taken from everyone it would help reduce both minor and major crimes. Why is it an invasion of privacy? What is your fingerprints and DNA to you? To me my fingerprints are a bunch of squiggly lines and as for my DNA, i wouldn't know it if it slapped me round the chops! Say 10 years down the line your daughter/wife/son/husband/whatever has been sexually assualted/beaten up/burgled/mugged/etc etc but they never caught the person who did it. what if because of the introduction of ID cards and a database system to back it up, the person was caught within hours because they left their fingerprints/DNA at the scene. Is it still a bad thing then? What if an imigrant who has crawled through the Tunnel (if i havent blown it up by then) tries to claim benefit/housing/health care, god for bid even tried to get a job, but can't because he/she cant provide an ID card which is proof of his British citizenship! providing we've got a Govt with a bit of backbone at the time, we could just turf them right back where they came from. Is the ID card still a bad idea then? On joining the army i was provided with a military ID card that has my name, my DOB, my blood group, my photo and my signature! Is that an invasion of privacy? should i have said no? So explain to me someone, please, why Govt ID cards is a problem and not just a little bit of plastic that could actually help crime and immigration in this country???