"What a fine train"

Further to my post on Tuesday about UK biometrics and ICAO:

Guy Herbert, writing in the Guardian today, makes this observation:

“There is no need to reconstruct passport procedures around fingerprint and biographical databases designed with the ID scheme in mind. The British e-passport already meets the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard. This international standard applies to documents and does not require centralised databases of personal details.”

He goes on to say that “A Cameron administration will have to tackle this subterfuge.”

No emperor’s clothes were ever more admired. “But he has nothing on at all,” said a little child at last. From child to parent to bystander the word was passed, and by and by the crowd took up the cry: “He has nothing on! Nothing on at all!”.

It seemed to the emperor that they might be right, but he thought to himself “I must carry this through now, regardless”. And still his chamberlains solemnly strode on, bearing his non-existent train with ever more dignity.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” – Hans Christian Andersen (1837)