Feeds

ID cards poster girl laments her £30

'It is simply tantamount to theft'

Angela Epstein, the Manchester-based columnist and ID cards poster girl, has written a furious lament for the scheme - and she's so angry she's started a Facebook group.

"I never wanted to be a poster girl for the ID project," Epstein rages in her latest treatise for the Manchester Evening News.

"I never had any kind of evangelical wish to make other people register for an ID card," she protests.

Epstein is occupied mostly as a "real life" reporter for voyeuristic gossip magazines, cold-calling bereaved parents and such. However, she shot to notoriety in December as the first member of the public to voluntarily lay down £30 for an ID card, even as the scheme was obviously doomed.

The definitely-non-evangelical columnist compared the experience at the time to the birth of her daughter. "It's a seminal moment," she also wrote, apparently warming to her reproductive theme.

But with the coalition's swift decision to scrap ID cards she now feels exploited, and the need to tell the world via the angry writer's weapons of mixed metaphors and long sentences.

"Our new Government delivered a knee-jerk response and scrapped the scheme, preferring to appease the so-called civil libertarians who hysterically clamoured that the introduction of ID cards was a blow for privacy and further damning proof of an ever encroaching nanny state," Epstein explains.

"If this wasn't a blatantly cynical exercise in tactical popularism* then I don't know what is," she continues, seemingly ready to abandon her career as a political pundit in disgust.

But like the greatest of the abused and downtrodden in history, Epstein is able to target her fire for her cause: the outrage of her missing thirty quid. David Blunkett was probably joking when he said he might sue over the cost of his ID card, but Angela Epstein definitely isn't.

"I want my money back. Otherwise, it is simply tantamount to theft... I have decided to sue and am filing my form to the small claims court," she writes.

"What's more, I exhort anyone else who feels short-changed both financially and ideologically to do the same and have set up a Facebook page to marshall support."

Sadly she doesn't include a link. She does however link the scandal of her missing £30 to the "disgraced" Liberal Democrat David Laws, briefly chief secretary to the Treasury, and his "expenses swindle".

Epstein closes with a warning to his boss, the Deputy Prime Minister, that will chill Westminster: "Nick Clegg says scrapping ID cards is giving more power to the people and less control to the state. He doesn't know the half of it yet."

And with that, it's farewell Angela Epstein, reluctant poster girl. ®

*We think Angela means "populism" here, "popularism" being an ideology associated with Christian Democrat parties on the continent.

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
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?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.