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Thursday, 26 March 2009


Bradford No2ID vs Identity & Passport Service

17th March 2009, the T & A Stadium - first leg
Bradford No2ID 2 -
0 Identity and Passport Service
Goals: James Hall, 2 (og), 4 (og)

Match Summary:
A bit of a disaster in defence for the IPS, both own goals coming from IPS captain James Hall early in the game after significant pressure from No2ID. After 4 minutes the game was effetivly over with No2ID having 90% of possession. IPS looked frustrated.

23rd March 2009, the T & A Stadium - second leg
Bradford No2ID 4 - 0 Identity & Passport Service
Goals: Jason Smith 2, 5, 30, 85

Match Summary:
Just when the IPS didn't think it could get any worse. No2ID captain Jason Smith scoring a quad-trick in this disection of the IPS, No2ID looked in total command after 5 minutes and 2 goals, Smith added a 3rd before halftime then finishing in style with a freekick which caught IPS defender and captain James Hall napping. Hall was lucky not to be sent off after he gave the referee some verbal, but the referee refused to show his card?

More in depth action:

Not much protection

SIR – I would like to counter the flimsy arguments for ID cards from James Hall, the chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service (Letters, February 27).
Mr Hall claims the alleged benefits are: Protecting us against identity fraud? Let’s just imagine all our personal information was on one database rather than spread across many as it is today. Having ‘a one-stop shop’ for all our data would be an open invitation to identity thieves, as the IT giant Microsoft has warned. If somebody stole your identity including biometric data, what then? Do you get a new eye and thumb?
Protecting us from criminals? Sorry, but I don’t see how carrying an ID card is going to make a criminal any less of a criminal, and what if that criminal had fake ID, or your ID?
Protecting us from terrorists? If someone wants to blow themselves up, how is carrying a card going to deter them from doing that?
Stopping illegal immigration? If someone is in the country illegally, then the Government is not aware they are here, so they are unlikely to be able to issue them an ID card, are they?
Jason Smith, Bradford NO2ID co-ordinator, Bradford Resource Centre, Chapel Street, Bradford
Telegraph and Argus, 23/03/08

Strange turnaround
SIR – I would like to respond to the letter from James Hall, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service, entitled “ID card advantage” (T & A, February 27).
Mr Hall claims that plans to introduce ID cards are widely supported by unions. Is that why the Trade Union Congress passed a motion on September 10, 2008, against ID cards, where they pledged to resist the identity scheme “with all means at its disposal”?
He goes on to say that airport union officials are very supportive of the scheme, which is a little bit strange as the union that proposed the motion to the TUC was the airline pilots’ union, BALPA.
Surely you can do better than this Mr Hall, or maybe you can’t, as after all there are no good reasons for ID cards.
Jason Smith, Bradford NO2ID co-ordinator, Bradford Resource Centre, 17-21 Chapel Street, Bradford BD1
Telegraph and Argus, 17/03/08

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