During a bitterly cold week, late in November, CSLD’s committee and its volunteers braved arctic weather conditions and battled porters covetously guarding their pigeon-holes to deliver 8,000 leaflets for our Michaelmas campaign: ID-DAY. Even before the day itself, interest had surged; press enquiries were coming in from Falmouth to Leeds and over 100 people had signed our petition online. The message was simple: the ID Cards scheme is expensive, intrusive, ineffective and unfair, but it can be defeated. We asked people across Cambridge to sign our petition calling on the government to drop plans for ID Cards and, more controversially, to refuse to register for an ID Card. Overwhelmingly, people on the streets of Cambridge were supportive of our campaign, reflected in the number of signatures we managed to collect – 500 in total. But more worryingly for the government, nearly 150 people pledged to refuse to register for an ID Card. On ID-DAY, CSLD sent out a stark message to the government: Cambridge will not comply.
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