Three score years and ten

I reach 70 years on 9 July this year so, joy of joys, the driving licence people in Welsh Wales  wrote to tell me I had to renew my driving licence. They said how easy it was to do on line. If only!  It might have been if I had kept my passport but I took a view that I was not prepared to pay good money for a plane ticket to be treated worse than cattle in an airport.  I see that David Attenborough shares my aversion!  I also want to await the EU Referendum to see if there is a majority voting to leave and to enable me to apply for a United Kingdom passport again, in a blue cover and issued in the name of HM The Queen. Until then, I have no passport. This might be a worry if Corbyn became Prime Minister but that is a risk I think I can take!

I have now had to fill in a dreadful paper form and send it back with a photograph, proof of my existence and countersigned by a local worthy. What a load of cobblers when this government is allowing all kinds of undesirables into the UK!  My shotgun certificate contains my name, address and photograph but, it seems, while it has got me past security at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and No 10 it is not good enough for DVLA!

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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