A report published today by the Manifesto Club  finds that adults in their late 20s and 30s are being hassled by constant ID checks — and that new rules due to come into force this October will make the problem worse. NO2ID says the report shows that the ‘papers please’ mentality is out of control, and the scrapping of ID cards has not led to any slackening of ID culture.
NO2ID  joins the authors of the report in calling for a more common sense approach to proof of age, an points out that proof of age does not logically require ID at all. Clauses in the Licensing Act 2005 have forced retailers to take a paranoid approach to selling age-restricted goods , and rolling back ‘ID culture’ will only start when they are scrapped.
If it is really serious about tackling ID culture, the government must remove the pressures driving it. Retailers won’t stop checking – and, in some cases, collecting  personal information – on people in their 20s, 30s or older until the regime of excessive penalties, rules and regulations is gone. Government must stop making retailers guilty unless they can prove otherwise, stop making their staff criminally liable, stop threatening to remove licences for errors, and stop making collecting information on customers a condition of getting a licence in the first place licence.
Phil Booth, National Coordinator of NO2ID said:
‘It is no good the coalition abolishing ID cards, if it continues to reinforce a bullying ID culture.’
‘The coalition says it wants individuals to have freedom from an interfering and overbearing state. So why doesn’t it bring back common sense to age-limits, and stop this incessant demand for ‘ID’ — overregulation that is literally in your face?’
Josie Appleton, director of the Manifesto Club, says:
‘Producing your passport should not be a routine part of the checkout procedure. There is little point in the government abolishing ID cards while backing policies that mean we have to show ID whenever we go shopping. People in their 20s and 30s should be free to go to the supermarket or off licence without being constantly challenged.’
- ‘28 ¾: How Constant Age Checks Are Infantilising Adults’ will be launched on Thursday 2nd September. For a copy, please contact Josie Appleton on 07791 032 740 or josie.appleton at manifestoclub.com
- NO2ID is the UK-wide non-partisan campaign against ID cards and the database state. See http://www.no2id.net/dbstate for a list of database state initiatives that NO2ID is actively opposing.
- Alcohol is not the only age-restricted product. As one local authority website points out:
‘Supplying any of the products listed to someone who is below the legal age is a criminal offence which can lead to you, or a member of your staff, being prosecuted. You may even lose your business.
- Air Gun & Pellets – 18 years;
- Alcohol – 18 years;
- Adult Magazines – 18 years;
- Fireworks – 18 years;
- Solvents – 18 years;
- Tattooing – 18 years;
- Butane Gas Cigarette Lighter Refills – 18 years;
- Cigarettes & Tobacco – 18 years;
- Knives – 18 years;
- Axes & Crossbows – 18 years;
- Liqueur Chocolates – 16 years;
- Pets – 16 years;
- Lottery Tickets – 16 years;
- Petrol – 16 years;
- Scratch Cards – 16 years;
- Party Poppers & Caps – 16 years;
- Aerosol Paint Containers – 16 years;
- DVD’s [sic], Cinema and some Computer Games – 12, 15 & 18 years.’
- Systems such as ‘ClubScan’, in operation in many bars and nightclubs around the country, not only check but record personal information — even ‘capturing the full ID image including photos’ of passports and driving licenses. See, for example: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/58738-clubbers-call-for-end-on-scanners and http://nightclub.co.uk/
For immediate or future interview, please call:
- Phil Booth (National Co-ordinator, national.coordinator at no2id.net) on 07974 230 839
- Guy Herbert (General Secretary, general.secretary at no2id.net) on 07956 544 308
- Michael Parker (Press Officer, press.officer at no2id.net) on 07773 376 166