Re: The sad thing about ID cards
"Is that they could be genuinely useful things that members of the public would want."
Name a few of them. It's your conjecture.
"it missed this point and bought a great deal of public mistrust in the process."
Most British people don't have nearly enough mistrust of their politicians and their alleged assistants, the civil service.
"Labour also missed another very vital point. We already have an optional, robust form of ID called the passport. "
How many times did the price rise during the ID Card
scam programme? Quite a few, supposedly to cover the "increased production costs," but what looked remarkably like trying to fund the scheme under the (passport office) counter.
And let's not forget this was meant to be self financing
You didn't by any chance lose a load of contracting work when it finally folded, did you?