ID cards scheme ‘may cost ?18bn’. From the article:
Identity cards could cost ?18bn over 10 years, triple the government’s estimate, a draft report has said.
This could put the cost to the individual at almost ?300 instead of ?93, as previously suggested.
Holy fuck! If, and I know it’s a big ‘if’, this report is correct, nobody could sell this to the British public. Perhaps the whole scheme will be doomed by its own costs, which would please me immensely, although in a way I’d rather see it killed because people woke up to the huge implications for civil liberties. I won’t complain too loudly, though, as long as the whole idea goes away and never comes back.