March 17 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government may ask U.K. banks and supermarkets to subsidize its national identity-card program, paying for documents for poorer customers to attract business.
Home Office minister Meg Hillier said companies might offer to buy the 30-pound ($46) cards for people who wouldn’t pay for them otherwise. She named Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc, both part state-owned, as candidates.
“I am keen to hear from business,” she said in an interview in London late yesterday. “Banks do give incentives to people to open bank accounts. If they are doing that for some clients, would they think of doing that for other groups? Over a lifetime they do make money out of people.”
The government’s 4.6 billion-pound program may see fingerprint readers installed in banks, post offices, courts and schools as a means of checking people are who they say they are. The main opposition Conservatives, leading in opinion polls before an election that must be held by June, say the idea is a waste of money and they would scrap it if they win power.
Hillier said the government has ruled out making the cards free. As banks already give incentives to encourage customers to open accounts, such as cards giving students discount rail travel, they could also consider offering ID cards, she said.
“Every customer has got a potential,” Hillier said. “Some of the banks are, of course, owned by the taxpayer.”
We have become East Germany. State owned Banks issuing state owned ID cards to State owned citizens to exist in State owned Britain.
It isn't going to stop is it?
Here is a picture of Meg "Magda" Hillier to attach to your dashboard. Watch out for her on zebra crossings.