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Finally, the use of the word “voluntary” in relation to the ID Card scheme, as widely reported in the press, really jars. The Home Secretary said: “Holding an identity card should be a personal choice for British citizens - just as it is now to obtain a passport. Accordingly, I want the introduction of identity cards for all British citizens to be voluntary”. So obtaining a passport is a voluntary personal choice is it?
What do think would happen if I made a choice not to have a passport and turned up at the Channel Tunnel wanting to go to France? This meaning of “voluntary” is not in my dictionary.