Don't know if anyone else saw this:
During the G8 summit in Gleneagles next year, local residents will be required to carry photo ID - including children as young as eight.
Given the nature of the summit it's probably difficult to argue against this (though I'm damn glad I don't live there!) However I wonder if this could be used as a "shape of things to come" argument?
This desire to issue ID cards to 8 year olds shows a worying enthusiasm for such intrusive control measures. Once "everyone has one", will it become standard operating procedure to demand such checks? First anywhere a big political conference is held, then anywhere the PM is visiting, then anywhere any Minister is visiting, etc... After all, the whole of central London is already a designated stop and search zone.