A tube of KY…oh, and an ID card, please…

It’s typical of this low rent, low budget, lowbrow government that we may well have to visit ‘Snappy Snaps’ to get fingerprinted for our unwanted ID cards.

The Home Office has axed plans to set up ID card enrolment centres and instead wants pharmacies, post offices and photographic shops to do the work.

Trade bodies representing chains such as Boots and Snappy Snaps told the BBC they can be trusted with the data.

Now, if we have to have ID cards – and that’s a whole different debate that I haven’t got time to rant about for 3000 words right now – then I’d like to think that some anonymous but well-trained civil servant somewhere in an anonymous office in an anonymous office building was involved in the process and not some acne-ridden oik with a pierced tongue on minimum wage at a local high street chemist or photo processing shop.

The highly personal information contained in my fingerprints is too precious to me for it to be just part of the everyday business of processing someone’s holiday snaps from a chav piss up in Ibiza.

As for being ‘trusted with the data’, how would this government know anything about data security and who could be trusted with it, based on its track record in this field?

If it wasn’t such a serious matter it’d be laughable:

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said post offices and pharmacies could play an important role in the success of the ID scheme, allowing people to give their fingerprints and a face scan while “out doing the shopping”.

Once again, you couldn’t make this shit up if you tried.

Still, at least it’s considerate of the government to ‘finger’ us before it gets on with the assfucking.

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