If the "government" expect us to pay for something we don't want, then we can hardly be suprised.
However, I think that some of the proposed £85 fee be put aside to provide insurance for those who suffer identity theft, etc as a result of these cards.
I know the "government" claim that it will be impossible to break the encryption and impossible to clone these cards, but who in their right mind would actually believe that. We've all seen so many cases like this recently, where it is announced that technology X is perfectly secure, only to see numerous hacks and errors happening almost immediately.
Let's face it, if the "government" says it is safe, do you trust them ?