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Letter: Voice of the North Relevant lesson over ID cards database.


AS a New Year dawns, our "democratic representatives" are busy at their latest idea for controlling us, the totalitarian British ID card, cheered on of course by our new rulers in Brussels.

The ID card system will have attached to it a massive database with personal, health, financial and other information on every Briton. A lesson from recent European history is relevant.

The Netherlands in 1939 had one of the most accurate census methods in the world with all sorts of information about its citizens stored on Hollerith punch cards. The chief statistician had boasted that he could create a paper record that could characterise every citizen in detail.

This was greatly appreciated by the Nazi invaders. It enabled them to identify the Jews and others who were designated for "special treatment". As a result, the Jews of Holland mostly died.

In France, where the system was not fully developed and the head of the punch card bureau was a clandestine member of the Resistance, they mostly survived.

RODNEY ATKINSON, Stocksfield, Northumberland
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2008
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