Pet Shop

The Pet Shop Boys were on the wireless this morning, waffling on about – and then playing – their new choon.

This wouldn’t normally impact me – the only true thing the PSBs did was to call one of their songs “Being Boring”, and I DO have a soft spot for them – it’s a mudbank in the middle of Portsmouth Harbour. Still, this morning’s offering was, apparently, “A sardonic look at those who support identity cards”, and the first two lines – which were the only words I could actually make out – were “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve nothing to fear, if you’ve got something to hide, you shouldn’t even be here”.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the whole identity card thing, what bothers me most is the fact that it’s not only pointless, it’s counter-productive. Like gun control, paedophile-outing and the Criminal Records Bureau, it inconveniences the innocent, exposes the stupid and low level offenders, and distracts attention away from the guilty ones that we should really be worried about: Evildoers who are clever enough to get fake IDs, paedophiles who are clever enough to have not been caught, and would-be armed robbers who know how to get hold of guns.

I know terrorism, murder, child-molesting and all the other bad things have to be stopped: But window-dressing measures don’t cut the mustard.

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