NuTories help pass ID cards
From the Guardian:
Identity cards will be compulsory for new passport holders from 2010 after votes in the Lords and Commons last night which ended the tortuous and bitter legislative wrangle between the two houses.Spy Blog notes the way MPs voted:
Citizens who apply for new or renewed passports before January 1 2010 will have their names put on the new national identity register establishing the scheme, but will not be required to accept an ID card until that date. But last night's deal could pave the way for the cards to be made compulsory from 2010 for all citizens.
Most Conservatives abstained, but 24 of them including their Home Affairs front bench spokesmen David Davis, Edward Garnier and Patrick Mercer voted with the Labour Government. Only 8 Conservatives voted against the motion with the Liberal Democrats.It doesn't look good.
It seems that David Cameron's NuTories cannot be trusted on civil liberties issues any more than Michael Howard's Tories could be.
Why are they collaborating with NuLabour ?
What does this mean for other vital votes such as the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill?