Looking forward to 11 pm on 29 Mar 2019

As a determined LEAVE voter, I am looking forward to getting our country back on 29 March 2019.  It can’t come soon enough.

I am therefore delighted to learn that we are to get our own passports back at least looking something like the old dark blue ones of which a replica appears above.  It is in fact a replica used as a cover for the nasty red EU passport I found myself with from 27 September 2001 when my old British one expired.  However, this EU one has also expired after 27 September 2011 and I did not bother to apply for another one.  There are two reasons for this:

  • I wanted to wait for a real British one again and
  • I have no wish to fly anywhere given the appalling way in which air passengers are treated.

You may have noticed that I had blotted out the reference to the European Union on the first page of the expired passport.  I never voted to be part of a super state and I am glad we are leaving what is clearly intended to grow into ever closer union.

While blogging, I hope the government will also be retrieving our driving licences?  I had a lovely and rather battered old paper one until I celebrated my 70th birthday last July and had to apply for a new driving licence.  It came in the form of a little plastic card complete with photograph and unintelligible hieroglyphics and, to my complete horror, bore the dreaded 15 EU stars on the top left-hand corner.  It took only a couple of minutes to print off a small Union Jack and to paste it over this symbol of oppression but I hope my next enforced renewal in 2019 will bring one without the EU symbol.

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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