This is potentially seismic, as the guests obviously realise.
One of the two big lies the NIS depends on is that we live in a new world. Guess who said:
The world is changing around us at an incredible pace due to remarkable technological change. This process can either overwhelm us, or make our lives better and our country stronger. What we can’t do is pretend it is not happening. Government has to respond to keep up with the hopes and aspirations of citizens and business, to remain efficient and trustworthy. (Foreword to a Cabinet Office paper on transformational government
On any list of public concerns, illegal immigration, crime, terrorism and identity fraud would figure towards the top. In each, identity abuse is a crucial component. It is all part of a changing world: global mass migration; easier travel; new services and new technologies constantly being accessed. (Daily Telegraph
Only if you first accept that we live in a new world can you then agree to tear up the old rulebook -- the Constitution. Which is what Labour have been trying to do
Now all we need is for Mr McNulty to say that the NIS is hardly the sort of policy that should be adopted by a "party of the centre" and the other big lie will be nailed.
It is fitting that this repudiation should take place at an IPPR meeting. When the Identity Cards Bill was published, Tony Blair and David Blunkett collected their IOUs and forced people to appear on television giving apparently unsolicited testimonials. One of those who appeared was a man from the IPPR -- nervous, uncomfortable and ashamed, saying that ID cards would make it possible to provide a personalised health service. You could almost see the electric pitchfork behind him.
Now what are the Crosby Forum going to say?