The UK Libertarian Party today condemned the Labour government's proposals to introduce ID cards through a “soft sell”.
Party Leader, Patrick Vessey, said, “Both ID cards and the accompanying database fundamentally change the relationship between individuals and the state.
“The Libertarian Party is utterly opposed to this cataloguing of the people of Britain.
“In a truly free society, and provided that they harm nobody else by doing so, every person should be able to go where they like, and call themselves what they like, without having to beg permission of anyone else.
“Instead, the Labour government feels justified in tagging and labelling us as though we were mere livestock—bovine automata to be herded and tracked at our masters' convenience.”
The Libertarian Party was launched on 1st January 2008 and launched their first policy—a pledge to scrap personal income tax entirely—on 3rd March. It was the first policy to emerge from the new party's discussions, and forms part of a radical manifesto to be released, in full, later in the year.
Notes for editors
The Libertarian Party was founded on 21 November 2007 and officially launched on 1 January 2008. The party's website can be found here.
Further details of their radical Income Tax proposals can be found here.
Libertarianism is a political philosophy based on support for individual liberty.
Libertarianism is a broad church, but the UK Libertarian Party is broadly minarchist in outlook.