"creepy state plan to track you from the cradle to the grave."
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is, again, promoting a controversial plan to give every British citizen a digital ID. This is the third time he's attempted IDs in some form or other. First in 2003 with a push for everyone to have an ID card, justified with vague claims about fighting terrorism, only stopped when the cost of the scheme became too high. Then in 2021 he tried again, this time it was a digital pass on your phone, to help fight a virus, with Blair hoping the scheme would evolve into a full digital ID, but that didn't quite get over the line either. So, now he's trying again, and this time the digital ID is simply a matter of 'convenience'.
The new version will have all your government data in one place; including biometric technology to store a person’s passport, driving license, tax records, qualifications, and right to work status.
It could well be third time lucky for Blair who is tipped to take over from Klaus Schwab as head of the WEF, as a digital ID is at the core of the Great Reset plan, with it forming one of the pillars needed for a carbon/social credit score.
Sir Jake Berry called it a “creepy state plan to track you from the cradle to the grave.”
Blair and Hague revealed their plot in an article for The Times, in which they said “politics must change radically because the world is changing radically." “We are living through a 21st-century technology revolution as huge in its implications as the 19th-century industrial revolution.”
The duo alleged that current politicians were “in danger of conducting a 20th-century fight at the margins of tax and spending policy when the issue is how we harness this new revolution to reimagine the state and public services.”
The pair, who once pretended to have different political ideologies, demand digital IDs for every citizen – they also call for “a national health infrastructure that uses data to improve care and keep costs down, and sovereign AI systems backed by supercomputing capabilities.”
In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Blair highlighted how countries “as small as Estonia and as large as India’ are moving towards digital IDs.
“If you look at the biometric technology that allows you to do digital ID today, it can overcome many of these problems,’ Blair said.
However, Big Brother Watch condemned Blair for pushing a digital identity system.
director Silkie Carlo said: “Sir Tony and Lord Hague are absolutely right about the need for the UK to take leadership in technological innovation, but this means protecting people’s rights and privacy, not reviving failed proposals for an intrusive mass digital identity system and a database state.”
Carlo added: “A sprawling digital identity system of the type described by Sir Tony and Lord Hague is utterly retrograde and would be one of the biggest assaults on privacy ever seen in the UK. The public has consistently opposed mandatory ID systems and there is absolutely nothing to suggest the public would want or support such a digital ID system now.”
Blair recently called for global organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Economic Forum (WEF) to push national governments to introduce “digital infrastructure” that monitors who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t.