Letter: Principled objections to identity cards

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Sir: Your leading article on the question of identity (13 August) credits Winston Churchill with abolishing in 1951 the requirement to carry an identity card.

I remember the Labour Home Secretary, James Chuter-Ede, announcing on the floor of the House in 1950 that the identity card need not be carried any more. He then produced his own ID and, to the cheers of members, tore it in two.

Yours, etc,

MICHAEL J. BERGER

Jerusalem,

Israel

15 August

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