Restor­ing hard-won Bri­tish free­doms

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your telegraph -

A Cana­dian gosling at Ferry Mead­ows, pho­tographed by ET reader Keith Baron. MAY I first of all thank ev­ery one of the thou­sands of Peter­bo­ri­ans who gave their sup­port to the Lib­eral Democrats in this year’s na­tional and lo­cal elec­tion? Can I also say a spe­cial thank you to the 2000+ peo­ple in South Wer­ring­ton who gave their sup­port to the Lib Dem FO­CUS Team, en­abling me to carry on work­ing hard for all the res­i­dents in the South Wer­ring­ton and North Gun­thorpe Area?

With this man­date in mind, I wanted to let your read­ers know the Coali­tion Govern­ment have now an­nounced that ID cards are to be scrapped for Bri­tish cit­i­zens within 100 days! Be un­der no il­lu­sions as to the im­por­tance of the civil lib­erty suc­cess achieve­ment. The Lib­eral Democrats have cam­paigned against the in­tro­duc­tion of ID cards since they were first an­nounced by the pre­vi­ous Labour Govern­ment.

The waste­ful, bureau­cratic and in­tru­sive ID card scheme rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing that has been wrong with govern­ment in re­cent years. By tak­ing swift ac­tion to scrap it, the Lib­eral Democrats are mak­ing it clear that this govern­ment won’t sac­ri­fice peo­ple’s lib­erty for the sake of Min­is­ters’ pet projects.

Can­celling the scheme and abol­ish­ing the Na­tional Iden­tity Reg­is­ter is a ma­jor step in dis­man­tling the sur­veil­lance state - but ID cards are just the tip of the ice­berg. This marks the start of a se­ries of rad­i­cal re­forms to re­store hard-won Bri­tish free­doms.

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