MR Oliver ('ID card threat', Letters, March 23) has got things wrong. My late wife was French, carried a French identity card and was proud to do so.

It works. Without it one cannot present cheques or use a credit card, it carries a photograph of the holder and only the dishonest could object. The sooner it is introduced here the better.

Mick Snowden,

Manor Farm Bungalow,

Amotherby, Malton.

Updated: 11:06 Friday, March 25, 2005