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Ihre papiere, bitte

30 April 2004

From: David Blunkett
To: Tony Blair


You asked a while back for some positive uses for ID cards that wouldn't prove controversial. These are some early ideas - Des will coordinate further suggestions.


- doubles as a letter-opener.

- we've looked at the technical issues, and it will indeed be possible to have a pen light at one end (I know John will be pleased).

- slim yet solid, so can be used to force Yale locks (eg: student accommodation, co-workers' offices) to retrieve Robert Heinlein audio books / election campaign documents / state secrets.

- another item in people's wallets will cause them to wear out faster, which might boost the economy (check with Gordon?).

- the extra expense when renewing passports will put foreign travel out of reach of some parts of the population, decreasing the number of poor, riff-raff etc. going to Europe. This will improve the experience for those who can still afford it.

- the final design will be able to be personalised, like mobile phones. We've talked to the Americans, and we'll have access to CAPPS II data so individual ID cards will be in your security colour code. They should be seen as a new fashion accessory.

- while we're doing that, we thought it might be fun to give colours for other things - it would be boring if everyone were green! Things like blue for asylum seekers, black for paedophiles, a cheery pink for homosexuals, etc.

- in emergencies can be used to spread butter

- deluxe edition will play nationalist marching songs.

pp DB



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