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"The planned introduction of identity cards proves, if further proof be needed, that this government is committed to the crime control model of criminal justice"

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"The planned introduction of identity cards proves, if further proof be needed, that this government is committed to the crime control model of criminal justice" In every nation the authority and dedication of the government towards doing its work is challenged again and again. As the U.K. government changed its attitude in dealing with crime it was yet again questioned and criticised as change is very hard to accept. But, as the people accepted the change the controversy evolved from transition of a new system to how well the government is functioning on the new system. With the introduction of the I.D. Cards bill in the Queen's speech on 17th May 2005, the government was again confronted about its dedication to the new rules. There was a time, when the U.K. government was following the due process model of criminal justice system. Simply put, the due process model says that we are 'innocent until proven guilty', that judges are free from political interference, that confessions are not extracted through fear and torture. In one statement it was committed to the fundamental right of a fair trial. With time and need, these fundamental rights slowly disintegrated and what emerged is known as the crime control model. ...read more.

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Another proof of the commitment of the British government comes from the steps taken to deal with one of the most major threats to U.K. national security, which is from terrorism. The most noticeable recent measure has been seen by announcement of the future counter - terrorism legislation. During the passage of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, the government announced plans to bring forward further counter terrorism legislation. The main issues dealt by this have been by making the terrorist groups illegal which in many countries are authorized. Also there have been announced new criminal offences and police has been given the power to arrest individuals suspected of inciting acts or seeking terrorist training. In continuation of these past efforts towards finding various measures to curb crime and strengthen National security the British Government brought along the introduction of a new debate on the I.D. cards. This has been one of the most talked about debates in the recent times as its effect is on each single individual. The implementation and issuance of this bill takes place in 2008. Weighing up the risks and benefits of identity cards is hard as it's a very complicated issue. ...read more.

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for more than three months, thus, it would help travellers when they are travelling abroad in case of any mishappenning to prove their identity as this would give the card holders international authenticity. The government feels that the identity cards might also brong a community feel to the people as it would give them a secure feeling and a sense of security as well as belongingness, which is extremely necessary for every country to provide to its citizens. Identity cards bill is criticised mainly on the grounds of cost and complexity, date protection and privacy implications. Also there is an opposition on the bill from the civil rights group as well as the parliamentarians who contend that, in addition to this being unnecessary and costly, it might also be unlawful, as it explores the possible violation of the European Convention of Human Rights. We can contemplate on the basis of the above that the government is working very hard against fighting crime and has no longer followed the principle of 'innocent until proven guilty'. It has become more harsh and in other words shades of dictatorial decisions and laws being introduced can be seen, which just show the consistency and devotion of the government in adhering to the crime control model of justice. ...read more.

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