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Simplify Your Life with an ID Card

Having resided in Belgium for four decades, I am continually amazed by the British resistance to identity cards. Rather than restricting freedom, these cards significantly simplify daily life. For instance, when I visit the doctor, they update my prescription on my ID card, which I then use at the pharmacy, all seamlessly processed electronically without any paperwork. Similarly, when I require a new driving license, a quick visit to the town hall with my ID card, along with some new photos, results in receiving my license within a week. Moreover, the process of voting is streamlined – I present my ID card, get my name recorded, and cast my vote.

Although my information is stored in a centralized database, this practice is akin to the UK’s driver database. Unlike in the UK, where individuals often need to provide utility bills or other documents for identity verification, the use of ID cards eliminates such hassles. Britain’s inclination towards a “papers, please” culture contrasts with the practicality of identity cards, rendering the perspectives of figures like Jacob Rees-Mogg outdated and disconnected.

Harriet Gibson
Wezembeek-Oppem, Belgium

The rationale behind opposing identity cards is straightforward: it introduces the risk of biased police officers disproportionately targeting specific communities, leading to unwarranted harassment and potential criminalization.

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Stewart Lee’s Influence

Stewart Lee’s satirical take on the absurdities of our world and the influential figures within it never fails to evoke hearty laughter, sometimes to the point of temporary incontinence. His relentless exposés must be curbed at any cost to preserve the sanctity of the nation’s high teas and my trousers.

David Summers

Cameron’s Misstep

Rather than dispatching the navy to alleviate starvation in Gaza, David Cameron could have opted for a simpler solution by ceasing arms sales to Israel.

Caroline Westgate
Hexham, Northumberland

Engineering Excellence for Success

The UK’s tendency to cut corners instead of costs stems from the scarcity of engineers in pivotal roles. Effective decision-making in projects necessitates a profound understanding of systems, a trait exemplified by countries like Germany, South Korea, and the US. By integrating more engineers into governmental positions, akin to the trailblazing engineers of the past, such as Joseph Bazalgette and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the UK can enhance project management and policy formulation.

David Cleevely

Nostalgia for the Portillo Moment

Andrew Rawnsley’s recollection of the historic moment post the 1997 election resonates deeply, evoking memories of jubilation and disbelief, immortalized by the iconic Portillo moment. Such moments of political transformation are etched in our memories, even if they disrupt the children’s slumber.

Jonathan Hauxwell
Crosshills, North Yorkshire

Advocating for Assisted Dying

Sonia Sodha’s contemplation on decision-making in end-of-life care underscores the necessity of revisiting the ban on assisted dying. Prohibition does not eliminate the demand for choice; instead, it drives such decisions underground, devoid of necessary safeguards. Safeguarded access to end-of-life choices mirrors the progressive values of compassion, personal autonomy, and safety, evident in global trends towards assisted dying reform.

Sarah Wootton,
CEO, Dignity in Dying, London W1

Reforming Council Tax

A straightforward solution to the council tax dilemma involves introducing a new band that levies a percentage of the property’s sale price annually post-sale. This approach eliminates the need for revaluation while ensuring a fair contribution from new property owners.

Wendy Bradley

Embracing the Joy of Cubing

Reducing Rubik’s Cubes solely to speedcubing overlooks the broader appeal of this pastime. For many, including myself in my 50s, solving cubes serves as a mentally stimulating and enjoyable activity, irrespective of speed. Not all pursuits need to be competitive to be fulfilling.

Kirsty Nicol
Ormiston, East Lothian