As of 1.1.05, here in the Netherlands we have had to carry ID at all times out of our houses ("Identificatieverplicht"). This means that I am breaking the law and could be fined heavily every time I go for a run, since there is nowhere in my running kit to keep an identity card. "They won't randomly check you", they assured us, "it'll just be used when we need to ascertain your identity for official purposes". "It'll make you safer from terrorists and organised crime and the boogeyman under your bed". I was skeptical, to say the least. Then, a friend of mine was on a train coming back from Germany. There are no border controls any more, so they don't have a right to ask for a passport at the border. However, once comfortably inside Dutch territory, some police got on the train, and demanded to see everyone's ID under the Identificatieverplicht rules. They stormed through the carriage, and roughly addressed people: "Show me your ID - or I'll fine you". Anyone without the correct ID was fined on the spot. A nice little earner for the police, and certainly easier than catching robbers. If anyone thinks that this could/would not happen in the UK, you need a reality check... Mr Clarke, he say: AUSWEIS BITTE!