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Identity, Professional Bodies, forms ID1 & ID2

Comment 31st July 2010

The previous government introduced regulations requiring solicitors, accountants and other professions to demand photo ID from clients. Should this not be at the discretion of the persons involved rather than a catch-all government regulation? This requirement should be removed.

Also introduced were forms ID1 and ID2 requiring again production of photo ID for the Land Registry to be changed. Since in most cases all that this does is execute the provisions of already legally recognised documents, what is the relevance of identity here? There is none. The identity requirements should be removed as unnecessary

Why does this matter?

In both cases, the regulations were obviously part of the previous government's attempts to acculturate the British people to producing ID on as many occasions as possible, in preparation for the introduction of the odious compulsory Identity Cards. Now there is a new policy direction in the area of civil liberties and over-regulation, the provisions should be removed.

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