The article by Lucy Sheriff "UK Govt wants you to lurve ID cards" contains some potential hostages to fortune. For instance, Mr Burnham is supposed to have told the BBC:
"We have been slower to respond to more subtle claims that ID cards weaken the privacy of the individual against the state. In fact, the exact opposite is true," he told the BBC. "It may sound like a bold claim but our ID card system will protect personal data and privacy."
As Ms. Sheriff noted, "the minister did not go into detail as to how the card would do this."
Readers interested in balance may like to see the contrary case on the Liberty site.