Listen here all you British types - a young gentleman by the name of Steven Taylor has initiated one of these new-fangled Number 10 E-Petitions to protect the rights of photographers. Taylor has written in detail about the increasing threat to photographic freedom on his website, but here's the general gist of it:
There are a number of moves promoting the requirement of 'ID' cards to allow photographers to operate in a public place. It is a fundamental right of a UK citizen to use a camera in a public place, indeed there is no right to privacy when in a public place. These moves have developed from paranoia and only promote suspicion towards genuine people following their hobby or profession.
Now go and throw your signature at the E-Petition. At the time of writing there are 59,166 signatures, so the government may take notice.