We are used to claims from IPS and their predecessors that ID cards will prevent identity theft, for example, and benefit fraud and illegal working and crime and terrorism.
These are long-dated promises. And dubious promises at that – there is no reason to believe that the NIS can deliver any of these benefits, even when it is a reality.
But for the moment, it is not a reality, there is no NIS, there are no ID cards, the police aren’t linked to the NIR, DWP aren’t linked to the NIR, employers and banks and retailers aren’t linked to the NIR, not least because there is no NIR. The NIS is just a plan, an expression of wishful thinking. …