A National ID represents official verification that
the person has constitutional rights and privileges in a nation. Such identification
is increasingly a matter of public, private and personal importance in the digital
age. Personation has a very long history. Probably the most famous instance
being Rebecca’s successful tutelage of her son Jacob to deceive his father
Isaac, resulting in enmity between his brother Esau and their descendants.
The headline of the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, shouted: “Cabinet Divided”. The gist of the story was that some members of the Cabinet favored appealing the Judgement of the Supreme Court that the NIDS Act is unconstitutional while others, including Prime Minister Andrew Holiness, favored of going forward by fixing the law. My reaction was in favor of the approach of the Prime Minister.