The Manchester Evening News article linked above is equally amusing (and depressing at the same time).
Angela Epstein, the Manchester-based columnist and ID cards poster girl, has written a furious lament for the scheme - and she's so angry she's started a Facebook group.
"I never wanted to be a poster girl for the ID project," Epstein rages in her latest treatise for the Manchester Evening News.
...Epstein is occupied mostly as a "real life" reporter for voyeuristic gossip magazines, cold-calling bereaved parents and such. However, she shot to notoriety in December as the first member of the public to voluntarily lay down £30 for an ID card, even as the scheme was obviously doomed.
Epstein notes that
this was always a voluntary scheme, which I personally embraced because it suited my lifebut now that the scheme has been cancelled, she insists
I want my money back. Otherwise, it is simply tantamount to theft.No dear. You made a foolish investment, and that is all.
Epstein is well aware that the money paid by ID card holders (which she estimates at £450,000) does not come close to covering the cost of the ID card scheme ("around £257m to set up").
The real victims of theft, as usual, were the hapless taxpayers.