Because it would be compulsory, not voluntary. I, as I'm sure everyone here that served, had to have your ID card on you AAT. Panicking if you couldn't find it. Fined or given a punishment if you lost it. (I had to weed the road to Trevor range with a hand trowel for a week when ships company at Raleigh for losing my ID card over the side of a yacht whilst racing) No thanks.I truly cannot understand why anyone would be opposed to an ID card.
Because you choose to carry it, not because you have to carry it.. people are happy to carry a passport or pink driving licence - why not an ID card?
And if it's compulsory to carry it, then there must be punitive measures for not carrying it. The wooden tops don't even respond to burglary.If they did introduce an ID card I'm guessing they'd have to make a law stating it was compulsory to carry it at all times,
I imagine people could see the reason behind it and complied. But back in the day, most people did comply did they not? Today's generation perhaps not.something they managed in wartime with emergency powers
I truly cannot understand why anyone would be opposed to an ID card.
We (most of us) on this site carried one for years with no problem. people are happy to carry a passport or pink driving licence - why not an ID card? You may well have other (unofficial) ID in your wallet from clubs or associations. So why not an officially recognised and endorsed 'credit card' sized ID. Personally I'm not bothered about whether or not it is biometric and has DNA, apart from the costs involved.
If stopped by the Police or proving your identity (banks and shops when paying by card) in any number of cases, a quick flash of the card and job jobbed.
When we first came to Spain, the Resident's card was a photo ID with a thumbprint on it too. It was great! I lost mine but SWMBO still has her one and it gets used regularly.
Sadly they were stopped........ allegedly one of the reasons being Brits complaining - a bit Ironic.
Happily a lot of places accept the pink (Spanish) driving licence as ID but they are not obliged to. We are SUPPOSED to carry our Residencia (an A4 sheet) AND our passport.