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More than 8,000 people have signed No2ID's Pledgebank promise that they will refuse to register for an ID card.

The Pledgebank premise is that no one should have to take a stand alone. People can make pledges that they promise to honour if they get enough support from like-minded people. The site's founder, Tom Steinberg, describes the philosophy behind the site as "a direct attack on the age-old barrier to action that comes from the feeling that you can't achieve things when you're on our own."

In that spirit, No2ID's national coordinator, Phil Booth, made the following pledge when the site launched back in June this year (2005): "I will refuse to register for an ID card and will donate £10 to a legal defence fund but only if 10,000 other people will also make this same pledge."

Now, (at the last count, and steadily rising) 8,054 people have signed up to make their feelings about the government's ID card plans known. If you are uncertain about the introduction of a national identity register and database, or don't fancy paying over £300 for your next passport, you can join the pledge by pointing your web browser here and adding your name to the list.

But let's have fewer of the comedy attempts, eh? (Currently the list shows HM Government, and Tony Blair among the signatories, something we consider highly unlikely.) The No2ID campaign is trying to make a serious point about this. ®

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