Interesting though this ID card thing, on one hand it has the potential to greatly speed up anything involving individuals communicating with the Government, DVLA, Passport folks etc. On the other we'vfe not exactly got a good record with implementing large government IT projects in this country, not to mention the fact that they've not exactly got a good record of protecting our data:
As for the arguments that ID cards will help prevent crime - how? Help prevent illegal immigration - How is it better than a passport for this?
The way I see it the only benefits they could bring is streamlining certain process (thus saving time & money) and helping to absorb such things as NHS numbers and National Insurance numbers into one number. But I for one won;t be happy until the government have shown they can in fact look after and protect data.