Hurrah for ID Cards!

Young women fleeing forced marriages are being betrayed by GPs and benefits staff who "collude" with families to return them against their will, a senior police officer police has revealed.

Doctors and Job Centre workers are breaching confidentiality rules and passing on vital information to families, allowing them to trace and punish Asian women who are attempting to escape coerced marriages and "honour"-based domestic violence.

Commander Steve Allen, who is the spokesman on forced marriages for Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), revealed that some doctors have informed girls\’ families that they have asked for the contraceptive pill, placing them at risk from fathers or brothers who believe this means the family\’s honour has been besmirched.

Cmdr Allen also told The Sunday Telegraph that Job Centre workers have accessed the National Insurance details of women who flee violent husbands, tracing where they collect benefits and passing the details on to their families so they can be found and forced back to their marital home.

Having a National Identity Register, one where it is a criminal offence not to update your address, will make tracking down such miscreants so much easier, won\’t it? And with the hundreds of thousands of people who will have access to said database, it won\’t be possible to stop people doing so.

Finally, a use for it then! To continue the oppression of young Asian women. Makes you glad to be British, doesn\’t it?

9 comments on “Hurrah for ID Cards!

  1. Unbelievable. Drop an apple core, and five policemen will turn up to arrest you. Conspire in kidnapping and ACPO will write a report on how worried they are by Asian culture.

    Why haven’t these people been prosecuted and jailed?

  2. “Why haven’t these people been prosecuted and jailed?”

    I’d like to think it’s because Cmdr Allen doesn’t have any evidence that this is actually happening, and is just getting his name in the papers…

  3. “I’d like to think it’s because Cmdr Allen doesn’t have any evidence that this is actually happening”

    I’d like to think that too. But the coyness of the way the Telegraph wrote this (it’s clearly supposed to be a problem with Asian GPs and benefit office workers, but not mentioned anywhere) makes me worry that it’s a fear of being accused of racism that sweeps this all under the carpet. So much easier to attack the English Democrats in the Henley by-election campaign for flying the English flag “illegally”.

  4. The easiest way to stop this is to give everyone access to their own data. They would walk up to a secure terminal; pop in their ID card; type their secret pin number; and up would come the data held on them. Plus details of who had accessed it; when and why.

  5. “The easiest way to stop this is to give everyone access to their own data. They would walk up to a secure terminal; pop in their ID card; type their secret pin number; and up would come the data held on them. Plus details of who had accessed it; when and why.”

    That’s included in the Act and is planned. A PIN number to access an audit trail (probably via a Home Office web site rather than a terminal, though).

    Trouble is, lots of other bodies can access the audit trail too. State employees will be able to see where you drink (must show card to prove age), where you fill up your car with petrol (must stop yobs making petrol bombs), where you buy your food (must prove you’re over 21 for that bottle of wine), where you top up your mobile phone (must stop terrorists paying and going), when you visit the clinic (must stop health tourism), when you sign on (must stop benefit fraud). Oh, and what your nearest Post Office is when collecting a parcel (hat tip: BobB, who is* prepared to accept a police state as long as he can collect his mail order Viagra without hassle).

    *Or, given that BobB hasn’t turned up here for months, perhaps “was” is more accurate 🙁

  6. “The easiest way to stop this is to give everyone access to their own data. They would walk up to a secure terminal; pop in their ID card; type their secret pin number; and up would come the data held on them. Plus details of who had accessed it; when and why.”

    Presumably this audit trail will also track accesses to your records from legitimate civil servants forced to check you out as part of their job procedure. What degree of privacy will be provided to them? Will we be able to identify the clerk who processed our tax returns or the person who turned down our application for a benefit?

  7. Presumably this audit trail will also track accesses to your records from legitimate civil servants forced to check you out as part of their job procedure. What degree of privacy will be provided to them? Will we be able to identify the clerk who processed our tax returns or the person who turned down our application for a benefit?

    Well, as they are always telling us – if they’ve got nothing to hide………….

  8. “Well, as they are always telling us – if they’ve got nothing to hide………….”

    Alas it’s one way. Try photographing a policeman and see what he does.

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