ID cards remain on track despite a recent refusal by pilots to carry them.
Last week the British Airline Pilots’ Association said they would challenge compulsory identity cards for pilots and other airside staff at Manchester Airport.
In November ID cards started to be issued to students who came to UK universities from outside the EU. Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, said that the government’s plans were still “on track”
When this came into force, the NUS said that they believed “singling out international students from the rest of student population could [increase] stigmatism and alienation” for students already having to cope with living and studying in a foreign country.
More frighteningly, documents leaked to the Conservative Party in January 2009 revealed that the government planned to force those applying for student loans from 2010 to have an ID card. However, the government later claimed that the cards would not be a requirement to use such services.
In August, the government launched the ‘MyLifeMyID’ website which solicited the views of young people on identity cards. The site was quickly shut down after being barraged by comments ridiculing the ID card scheme.
The recent pilots’ association’s move came after the government announced that residents of Greater Manchester would be the first people who could apply for a voluntary ID card.
However, the cards would be required for those working at Manchester’s airport. Jim McAuslan, the pilots’ associations’ general secretary, said it was “demonstrably unfair that the people of Manchester can choose… while pilots and other airside workers are being forced to have one.”
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