Feeds

Blunkett threatens to sue for £30 ID card refund

Can we sue him for our £257m?

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

David Blunkett this morning claimed he may sue the government for a refund on his £30 ID card, which new laws will render worthless by the end of summer.

The former Home Secretary and political originator of the ID cards scheme went on Today this morning to explain why he was right to introduce the scheme and the ConDem coalition is wrong to scrap it.

Blunkett's cheerleading for ID cards led to the Labour government spending £257m on the scheme for nothing.

He criticised the new government for scrapping the scheme, warning "it won't change anything for anyone out there". Blunkett also pointed to the relatively small saving - £86m over four years - that will be made. However, he appears most annoyed about his personal loss of thirty quid.

"I've got a card, it's very useful," Blunkett said.

"I've used it already in travel in Europe. I don't believe anybody's surveilled anything that they didn't already know about me."

He continued: "Unfortunately nobody's going to get their money back - I'm thinking of suing them but it might cost me more than £30."

Blunkett may have been joking, having developed something related to a sense of humour in the last few years on the Labour backbenches. He was serious and defiant however when challenged on his statements as Home Secretary that ID cards would prevent terrorism.

He insisted the main purpose of the scheme had always been to control access to public services. "I wanted an 'entitlement card'," he said.

Nevertheless, he rejected the position now taken by Alan Johnson, the final Labour Home Secretary, that claims that ID cards were a counter-terrorism measure were a mistake. Instead he offered a more nuanced version of history.

"It was a mistake to allow the debate to get to the point where people thought that was the prime objective," Blunkett said.

Demonstrating impressive predictive powers, early in the interview, while reminiscing about the ID cards debate, he had noted, "exaggeration, hyperbole and self-deception are the hallmarks of all of us at one time in politics". ®

Bootnote

On the question of Blunkett's missing thirty quid, we at El Reg would respectfully suggest the many, many thousands of pounds he has made as an advisor to ID card vendors since leaving the Home Office ought to be compensation enough.

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.