Mr Johnson even admitted the suggestion the cards would help combat terrorism was exaggerated as he accepted the Government should never have allowed "the perception to go around that they were a panacea for terrorism".
But do you see how sneaky he is? He starts off by painting himself as the sensible one ...
Instead, the Home Office is now concentrating on the cards being useful for youngsters to prove their age when going in to pubs.
... and then reveals that he's just changing the pitch and he's now playing the long game. Once you're in the database, you're in the database. Doesn't matter why or how.
Fucking cunts. This one is a slippery fucker, I wish he'd stayed in the Royal Mail.
Update: Charlotte Gore has more.