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ID cards: No to Labour’s ‘plastic poll tax’

Issue No. 1959

illustration by Leon Kuhn

illustration by Leon Kuhn

Over 300 people attended the “Even Bigger Brother” rally against ID cards on Wednesday of last week in London. Speakers included Tony Benn, Respect MP George Galloway and Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil liberties organisation Liberty.

There was a defiant atmosphere at the meeting, which was organised by campaign group NO2ID. Speakers denounced what many are calling New Labour’s “plastic poll tax”.

The NO2ID meeting came the day after the government’s ID cards bill narrowly passed its second reading in the commons. Some 20 Labour MPs rebelled, but the vast majority loyally followed the government’s line.

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Sat 9 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1959
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