I HAVE been a solicitor for 45 years. By definition, I support the rule of law. However, there comes a point when laws passed by a legislature which is also the executive become merely oligarchic. As Nick Cohen writes in his article and Will Hutton in his book The State We're In, there are no checks in the British non-constitution upon the power of Parliament.
We all carried ID cards in the 1939 war, because we recognised the demands of national emergency, but I remember the pleasure with which we burnt them after. Today, the requirement to carry an identity card would achieve the apotheosis of the present oligarchy to a police state.
M W Evans