Following the success of the earlier No2ID pledge, a new pledge has been set up, aimed at those who are opposed to ID cards but feel they cannot incur the fines or possible jail sentences associated with refusing to get one. The new pledge reads:
I will actively support those people who, on behalf of all of us*, refuse to register for an ID card, and I pledge to pay at least £20 into a fighting fund for them but only if 50000 other people will too.
The originator of the pledge is a mother called Franky Ma, and as the website explains this pledge is aimed at those who for whatever reason feel that they can’t join in a campaign of non-compliance directly:
“As the mother of a young child I can’t risk her rights with mine by contesting ID cards directly, but I want to do everything I can to make sure she grows up in a free country.” – Franky
*Many people, including Franky, have told NO2ID that they really want to refuse to register but they feel that their professional or family responsibilities mean they cannot personally contest registration–which could stop them travelling, working, and exercising many other civil rights.
The government’s so-called ‘voluntary’ phase is a lie. Linking your passport to the National Identity Register and ID card WITH NO OPT-OUT is coercion, not choice. It may, in fact, prove to be a violation of human rights conventions.
NO2ID has already found over 10,000 people willing to test this–and the government’s apparent intent to starve out the non-compliant. They will need your support.
The aim is to collect 50,000 signatures for this pledge by 31st March 2006. Given that they got 10,000 signatures for the earlier pledge in a matter of weeks, with a 9th October deadline, I’d suggest they’ve got a good chance of achieving this.