Letters - ID cards serve a purpose

Jonathan Glancey (The Back Half, 10 January) writes that "to give in to ID cards is to mock British liberty, to ground 1940 Spitfires". He forgets that British civilians were issued with ID cards during the Second World War. I still have mine. I suppose they were of some use. At least your body could be identified if you were killed in an air raid.

Pamela Jefferys
London N10

This article first appeared in the 24 January 2005 issue of the New Statesman, 1 in 5 Britons could vote far right