Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

An anti-id leaflet is pasted to a telephone box advertising a film. Lunar House, Croydon, London. 25th November 2008. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Identity Cards Border Agency Protest. Lunar House, London. 25th November 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-11-25 00:00:00

Campaigners gather at the UK Border Agency in London on the day the British Government provisionally introduce Identity Cards to the United Kingdom.

Despite endemic opposition and the horrendous cost, the British Government force foreign nationals to adopt the cards in a multi layered phasing in over the next 3 years.

Eventually, every British citizen will have no choice but to carry the cards on pain of fine or imrisonnment.

The identity card system operates in tandem with the National Identity Register which will be used to aggregate a wide range of personal information into one place to allow UK authorities of whatever hue and colour access to the individual citizen at the most personal level.

Lunar House, Croydon, London. 25th November 2008.

A campaigner holds up a placard in reference to the cost of the identity card system at a time when the British domestic economy continues to shrink.

A campaigner holds up a placard in reference to the cost of the identity card system at a time when the British domestic economy continues to shrink.

Outside the Border Agency building, a campaigner holds a banner.

Outside the Border Agency building, a campaigner holds a banner.

In a familiar site now routine on British streets, a British officer uses camera equipment to gather intelligence on the campaigners.

In a familiar site now routine on British streets, a British officer uses camera equipment to gather intelligence on the campaigners.

A man holds up a banner which reads YOUR MONEY, DOWN THE DRAIN.

A man holds up a banner which reads YOUR MONEY, DOWN THE DRAIN.

Another campaigner wears a badge referring to the original claim by the British Government that identity cards were originaly designed to combat terrorism, a claim now widely dismissed.

Another campaigner wears a badge referring to the original claim by the British Government that identity cards were originaly designed to combat terrorism, a claim now widely dismissed.

A man holds a placard reading STOP THE DATABASE STATE NOW.

A man holds a placard reading STOP THE DATABASE STATE NOW.

A man hands out leaflets to members of the public setting out opposition to identity cards.

A man hands out leaflets to members of the public setting out opposition to identity cards.

A leaflet setting out why identity cards are undesirable from the group NO2id, which has long campaigned against the state device.

A leaflet setting out why identity cards are undesirable from the group NO2id, which has long campaigned against the state device.