ID cards: voluntary? Only if you’ve never been on holiday

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Clauses in the draft Immigration and Citizenship Bill give state officials the power to make anyone who has ever entered the country, at any time, prove who they are without needing any suspicion of a potential crime.

Civil liberty groups warned that the catch-all clauses would effectively cover any British citizen who has ever left the UK, even for a holiday, because they will have “entered” the UK on their return.

Refusing to hand over the necessary documents would be a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of almost a year in prison and/or a hefty fine.

It’s probably the result of badly worded draft legislation, but if it isn’t fixed it’s all rather chilling.