End of the line for ID cards

And that's the end of that chapter

Today is the last day that ID cards can be used for buying porn or booze, or indeed for travel to Europe.

At a cost of just £400,000, contractors are busy deleting the data collected. Which sounds like a lot until you consider the £330m Labour spent developing the project without purpose.

The cards are valid until midnight tonight (Friday 21 January).

Part of the cost includes the Identity and Passport Service writing to those few people with an ID card to tell them that it is no longer worth the plastic it is printed on - although the rare items might end up making a few quid on eBay.

The Home Office explanation of the death of ID cards is here. ®

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