Some 61 per cent of people back the plan, but nearly 28 per cent say they feel so strongly opposed they would join street marches to protest, and six per cent claim they would be willing to go to jail rather than carry a compulsory card.This is a good sign:
The YouGov poll, commissioned by Privacy International, a civil rights group, also reveals that 16 per cent of respondents say they would take part in "civil disobedience" against David Blunkett’s controversial cards.
Resistance to the card is highest among the young: 34 per cent of under-30s say they are "strongly opposed".Perhaps IT-literate younger people have more understanding of the danger posed by a government-run computerised surveillance system. Older folk may think that nothing more threatening than those rather amateurish wartime identity cards is being proposed. Not so. This most authoritarian of governments wants to know everything about us, at all times and in the fullest detail. I also find it most offensive that private companies are willing to sell their country's birthright for a few million pounds.