Are Pensioners the New Guinea Pigs?

on March 18, 2010 in Politics

It seems moves are afoot to try and con pensioners into shelling out for the controversial National Identity Card.

Meg Hillier, the Home Office minister in charge of scheme, said “a number of local authorities” had been in touch to ask whether they had to continue to issue bus passes, if the card proves age why do we need to have bus passes for 60-plus year-olds?

My question is, if the local authorities only see a need to prove age, why not accept other forms of ID? Passports and driving licenses have been around far longer and have a better take-up than the despised identity card.

Should we really start hammering cash strapped pensioners with a £90 charge for their mobility as a way for the government to push its pet white elephant?

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