Since 1997 an unprecedented amount of legislation has been passed which restricts our freedoms, liberty and privacy. This extends from an increase in surveillance to legislation to take and retain DNA from innocent people as well as ability to monitor telephone calls and email usage. The one major area the government have failed...up to now to legislate for is identity cards with overwhelming opposition to their introduction on the grounds of civil rights and costs. This doesn't however mean that the government have given up on introducing identity cards, they are just becoming more devious as to how they go about it. According to the single issue campaign group
No2ID the government intend to link the issue of passports to identity cards; in other words no identity card equals no passport.