News that the Ministry of Defence – run, you will recall, as something of a hobby by Scots Labour second-rater Des Browne – has lost the personal details of 600,000 people who have expressed an interest in a military career over the last ten years, is utterly unsurprising. Labour does not do ‘security’ when it comes to your personal information.

This particular loss is singularly serious. It encompasses bank account and passport details, national insurance and NHS numbers, and home addresses of people who have contemplated a career in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Air Force since the late 1990s. As such it has exposed 600,000 people to the very real threat of identity theft but also to, given the nexus to the Armed Services, the very real threat of terrorist activity against serving service personnel.

A theft of this kind is always serious whenever it happens and always brings down trouble for the idiot who leaves the laptop in the car in the first place but also brings opprobrium down on the head of the Minister involved. This, however, comes in the wake of the ‘Datagate’ scandal and other appalling losses of personal material capable of being exploited by criminals and thus the part-time occupant of the office of Minister of Defence will find himself in for a perfectly proper roasting when he comes to explain how his minions have fouled up yet again.

Yet another nail in the coffin of ID cards is thus hammered home. Who now seriously believes the Government when they claim that our biometric and other details will be safe in their hands? Or for that matter, why should we believe in the security of any database, however small, if it is maintained by the Government?

Since the Government so far is showing mulish signs of not listening to people’s fears in this regard (and we will all remember Gordon Brown’s promise to listen to us when he became Prime Minister) and is pressing ahead with its rotten scheme to tag us and chip us like animals from cradle to grave (and then to loot our cadavers when they are done using us), we shall have to contemplate a little bit of civil disobedience.

The time has come, therefore, for us to administer a smart kick in the State’s goolies. I am loath ever to express approbation of anything that the Liberal ‘Democrats’ do or say, but all of us who think the idea of ID cards is both practically and philosophically an anathema for all free born Englishmen should now pledge ourselves to following the promise of Nick Clegg, its new leader, to refuse to participate in this Orwellian scheme. If enough of us do this the rotten scheme will not work.

Better still would be to vote Conservative next time out to ensure a Tory government which has promised to ditch the scheme in short order. Voting LibDem in the hope that that will thwart the legion of little Hitlers who will be given power to demand to see your papers will simply get you more of Gordon Brown. Thus we can deny Mr. Clegg his moment in the sun or, indeed, any chance of wielding power disproportionate to the size of his lulu little party.

On a wider note, we really must now consider how to dismantle the information tyranny that is now practised by The State so that we can be protected from its incompetence. If the data is kept in smaller packages, preferably in the old fashioned, manual way, then we might begin to have our faith in the State’s ability to protect our personal details restored. Until then they should be told to go fly a kite.