"Just for a laugh," writes a reader in Lewisham, "I mailed the three Labour candidates in my ward (New Cross) to ask them where they stood on ID cards." Simon, that was positively unhelpful. Identity cards are not an issue over which local councilors have any control, although Lewisham councilors did debate them last year and decided they were a good thing.
Nonetheless, two of the candidates did reply and one offered a particularly edifying perspective on the issue, which we reprint in full here.
"Hi Simon Thanks for the email on ID cards and National Identity Register and where I stand on This issue as you are a where this is an issue where this nation has major concern about I think in someways it has its good cause eg if you lost your Credit Card and if you are a pensioner and you lost your detailes ID Cards could come in handy but all in all I do not suport this policy Thank You for the Question."
New Cross is one of Labour's safest wards so there is a good chance that the author of the email will be a Lewisham councilor in just over a week. Do you really think that Lewisham deserves this level of incompetence? Vote Conservative and stop it from happening, the local Conservative team is Darren Pierce, Deborah Wellard and James Wright.