"So what exactly is it you want"
Well we want an id card so we can easily identify a UK citizen.
"Ok that's easy photo id should come out at about £30 per user"
Well I wondered if we could add some other stuff on the card, say with a smart chip?
"Yes that's easy we use them for banks so no real problem, what exactly do you want?"
Well we want a digital photo, retinal image data, finger print, DNA id, social security number, address, date of birth, ethnic origin, Police National Computer Id, HMRC Id, driving license number, bank account details, employment status, security clearance and if possible twitter id, facebook id and recent google search data.
"That may be difficult without a central database."
OK lets have a central database that draws all this data together so that we can really identify our UK citizen.
What do you think thats going to cost?
"Well lets start with a ball park of £20K per card.