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Wednesday, 17 June 2020
New Blue Passports AREN’T
They were promised blue passports. For some, blue passports made them come over all faux patriotic and vote Leave. And now blue passports, no longer identifying the UK as an EU member state, have begun to arrive on citizens’ doorsteps. But there is a problem. The citizenry is unhappy. The increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraphhad more.
“'Not even remotely blue': Britons take to social media in anger on arrival of new UK passports”. Do go on. “Those who have applied for a new passport in recent weeks are beginning to receive the blue version of the document promised off the back of Brexit … Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the Commons, once described the return of the blue passport as the ‘cherry on the icing’ of Brexit, while Home Secretary Priti Patel said adopting the design would mean passports were ‘once again entwined with our national identity’ when it was announced the new passports would enter circulation this year”.
What most of us have now
Yes? Yes yes? Yes yes yes? The Daily Brexit, still called the Express, had bad news. “Britons furious with new blue Brexit passport blast it a ‘disappointment’ … as more and more people start to receive the blue document, many are voicing their 'disappointment' with the passport. For some, a big problem is with the colour of the booklet. ‘New passport arrived this morning, had almost forgotten about the completely pointless change in colour,’ tweeted one Briton”. But it was blue. They wanted it to be blue.
Yes, the old ones WERE black
Maybe not so blue. “‘By the way it is definitely black and not even remotely blue’ … ‘The new passport is not blue,’ another posted along with a photo of a black-looking passport. ‘It’s completely the wrong colour,’ an Instagram user agreed … ‘Even the cover text isn’t central, paper lower quality, design ultra-bland, paper cheaper’ Another said: ‘The passport is black (not even blue?!), really poor quality, flimsy and thin, and the edges are peeling’”.
Looking on from a safe distance, Mike Galsworthy saw the Express story and mused “An analogy for Brexit on so many levels”. As to the colour of the passport, Kim Willsher, foreign correspondent for both the Guardian and Observer, responded “Hate to say: ‘Told you so’. The old passports were black, not blue”. Indeed they were.
Former Labour MP and Europe minister Denis MacShane was not surprised. “Daily Express, bless, outraged at poor quality of new British passport, which turns out to be black not blue. Is there anything Johnson touches that doesn't go wrong?” Maybe many Brexit backers didn’t get their first passport before the late 1980s.
Mike Holden hinted at disappointments still to come: “Brexiters putting the country through all this & not even getting a blue passport is hilarious. If you didn't laugh you'd cry”. As did the Tweeter known as Brexit Bin: “So Leavers got what they wanted, but don't like it because it's not the same as they thought they were promised. ... Welcome to [the] wonderful world of Brexit”. Just wait till they get more unemployment and higher prices.
Also, the inept Government they voted in last December has fouled up the Coronavirus response so badly that Brits can’t go abroad anyway. Will the penny start to drop now?
Welcome to the world of Brexiteer buyer’s remorse. You won - get over it.
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