I remain an implacable opponent of ID cards. But one thing I do accept is that the only way they can have any real effect is if they are compulsory. What's the point of only a few people having them? I'm quite sure the government secretly agree with this and they would dearly like to make them compulsory. The trouble is, they don't have the balls to do it (Gott sei Dank). They say that only the House of Commons can make ID cards mandatory and they won't ask for a vote before the next general election. I bet they won't. They know it would be electoral suicide. It's quite clear that if they win the election, that's what they'll do, though, except I'm willing to bet it won't appear in their election manifesto.
Luckily there will hopefully be a Tory government after the next election and Home Sectretary David Davis will junk the whole sorry shambles of a scheme.