Such a measure would be a backdoor attempt to bring in a form of identity cards, writes David Winnick, but Mike Jones says that individual freedoms have to be tempered by social responsibilities. Plus letters from Dr Linda Murgatroyd and Ken Strong
I hope that there will be strong opposition to a virus document for domestic use, whatever form it would take (NHS Covid app could be used to prove status and access venues in England, 24 February). Such a step, apparently being seriously considered by the government, would appear to be a backstairs attempt to bring in a form of identity card; indeed, this would be even more extensive if entry to shops, pubs, libraries and cinemas were to depend on identification. Far better to continue with mass vaccination, and take up suggestions, as from the Runnymede Trust, to increase take-up where it is low.
The prime minister dismissively referred to “fervent libertarians”. No doubt this was a term used against the individual who, in late 1950, refused to show his identity card to police in a traffic issue. His case was upheld by senior judges, and led to the abolition in peacetime of this form of documentation.