In 2009 our wonderful government
planned a major scheme down the finest detail.
At great cost to taxpayers and tax dodgers alike
it had to be cancelled, computer systems and all.
It was for a national identity card.
The Opposition to it said it was cost too much,
was too European (and therefore foriegn) and Orwellian,
and finally many too many people feared that the security
of the computer systems would eventually prove corrupt.
The memory of the failure of that scheme
may well have helped make the Brexiteers win.
But the more abstract huge corporations make money
appear to be, the more they make us dependent on them.
This makes us more dependent on using proofs of identity
that favor these corporations. Thus passports with us not smiling inside,
and the plastic cards in driving licenses are now used much more
to help money and goods travel between humans, than ever
they are used to validate humans travelling to different places.