Appearing in today's Reuters news is this item about I.D. cards to come in the U.K.
Australia is once again raising the idea for downunder. (It was defeated in a referendum some years back.)
How'd you feel about having I.D. cards?
Blair wins vote on national identity cards 8:40 AM February 14
British Parliament has voted to introduce national identity cards, giving Prime Minister Tony Blair victory on a major tests of his authority.
The House of Commons, Parliament's lower chamber, passed the bill by 310 votes to 279.
The measure was first approved in October but was blocked in the Upper House last month.
Some lawmakers from Mr Blair's Labour party and Opposition deputies have argued identity cards will not improve national security, will erode civil liberties and are too costly.
Mr Blair has a nominal majority in parliament of 64 but faces rebellions in his ranks and a resurgent Conservative opposition under new leader David Cameron.
This week's parliamentary votes are seen as key to proving he can still get laws passed.
His next big test comes on Wednesday when lawmakers vote on anti-terrorism legislation.
The Bill scraped through Parliament by one vote last time, but was also halted by the Upper House.