I doubt that officials in the UK will be demanding bribes to issue legitimate ID documents. Bribes for false ones might be a different matter.
Maybe, maybe not...
However, this does demonstrate the dangers of creating a 'licence to live'; a document issued by the state which is required for anyone to go about their normal business.
For people wrongly denied ID documents, or who have them annulled by the Home Secretary, the results could be devastating.
Which is why I felt I was justified in raising this without the mods playing around with the post!
Already people are having to go through hell to prove their innocence when a CRB check is done, and they are wrongly branded a criminal..
When this 'licence to live' is refused (whether through officialdom or a data 'error'), then there will indeed be instances of people who feel they have nowhere to turn to...