They’d bloody betterApril 2, 2017 Tim WorstallUKIP31 CommentsThe traditional blue British passport could make a return as part of a £500-million post-Brexit redesign. previousGoogle’s tax horrornextThere is an age at which this happens for actresses 31 thoughts on “They’d bloody better” The Inimitable Steve April 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm I always thought it was black 🙁 Bloke in Costa Rica April 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm Mine’s up for renewal next year. Wonder which colour I’ll get. Mr Ecks April 2, 2017 at 3:38 pm Dress-Up will try to including all the trappings of tyranny–biometrics whatever–that she can. Alan Douglas April 2, 2017 at 3:38 pm Why need it cost £ 500 million to have the cover changed ? Bloke In Cyprus April 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm Yes, why five hundred million quid??? Just put the old bastard cover back on…. Tractor Gent April 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm Too right, £500M is having a laugh. Passports all conform to some international standard for size & the stuff on the info page so none of that can really change. So they’ll retain the ‘Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State Requests and Requires…’ copperplate & the rest of it and just change the colour. Presumably no-one else has copyrighted the Pantone number for that particular blue, but you never know. Tim Worstall April 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm Snigger, no. The £500 million is the passport printing, provisioning, database (maybe?) etc contract for x number of years. Which needs to be allocated in 2019 again. Whether there’s a red or a navy blue cover will cost about 7 pence. Maybe that much. OK, maybe £50 if they have choccie biccies at the meeting to decide it. The Inimitable Steve April 2, 2017 at 4:54 pm Could we have a black passport though? Like, none more black. Witchie April 2, 2017 at 5:31 pm Oh Goodie, That means they’ll be free … Bloke in Germany April 2, 2017 at 6:23 pm @Tractor Gent, You shock me that there are international agreements on passport sizes, content, and so on. And why pray does Britain, proud, free, and ancient Britain, allow itself to be dictated to by foreigners, on matters such as the dimensions of passports? Or why even, when a Free Born Englishman enters a foreign land, why does he have to identify himself when some jumped-up foreigner in an SS uniform demands “Papiere Bitte”? The mere fact of being obviously English grants free passage to all corners. I bet they are in metric as well, these so-called “international conventions”. Excavator man April 2, 2017 at 7:09 pm A very old bloke of my acquaintance said that he didn’t take a passport for a holiday in France, starting 6th June, 1944 … Theophrastus April 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm BiG: give it a rest, dear boy. Rob April 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm And why pray does Britain, proud, free, and ancient Britain, allow itself to be dictated to by foreigners, on matters such as the dimensions of passports? Or why even, when a Free Born Englishman enters a foreign land, why does he have to identify himself when some jumped-up foreigner in an SS uniform demands “Papiere Bitte”? The mere fact of being obviously English grants free passage to all corners. Well, you’ve convinced us. bloke in france April 2, 2017 at 8:40 pm Back of envelope calculation £500 million for costs to issue passports for 10 years. Just renewing mine (curses! in EU mauve!) cost about £100 + or – whether you need it delivered fast, slow, overseas, etc. About 50 million people + need a British passport. Nice work if you can get it. You can get it if you try, and succeed in having the monopoly. CJ Nerd April 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm You’re not just paying for the creation of the physical document. You’re also paying for all the behind-the-scenes activity to make sure you really are who you say you are. So Much For Subtlety April 2, 2017 at 10:45 pm CJ Nerd – “You’re also paying for all the behind-the-scenes activity to make sure you really are who you say you are.” I have yet to see the slightest evidence that anyone is doing anything even remotely resembling this. Certainly lesser things like NI numbers are given out like PCP at a kiddies’ party. I am willing to offer odds that my next passport will be pink. For Breast Cancer Awareness or something. Actually that might look rather good. Mr Ecks April 3, 2017 at 12:33 am Biggie: Prior to WW1 there were no mass passports. So once again your adopted shower were at the heart of dirty work. Pioneering ways to make the world a worse place to live courtesy of the German state. As the song says : So much has happened but nothing has changed. Mattw April 3, 2017 at 12:47 am Buried in the article – will not cost a penny as a replacement for the same work in burgundy. Telegraph probably shitstirring Gaderene Remoniacs. Bloke in Apia April 3, 2017 at 1:20 am Anyone wanting a passport in black had better apply for New Zealand citizenship. A tasteful silver fern design will be added to one side at no extra charge. https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=nz+passport+image&client=firefox-b&tbm=isch&imgil=R79viJMSrC4WCM%253A%253BCaf-vVV10rVx2M%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.photowarehouse.co.nz%25252Fshop%25252Fpassport-photos%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=R79viJMSrC4WCM%253A%252CCaf-vVV10rVx2M%252C_&usg=__dqJG1ltowaln3-5oA8nrrOy4vPU%3D&biw=1093&bih=506&ved=0ahUKEwj_iI-SgYfTAhWMVrwKHYLOCYAQyjcIJw&ei=X5ThWL_dNIyt8QWCnaeACA#imgrc=R79viJMSrC4WCM: Andrew M April 3, 2017 at 4:44 am Am I alone in not giving a flying monkeys about the colour of my passport? Gareth Too April 3, 2017 at 8:49 am I despair that Passports & Gibraltar grab all the attention instead of the EU thinking they’ll refuse to talk trade until we’ve agreed to ‘settle our liabilities’, ie that £50bn they’re looking for. They just can’t learn – that approach got us the leave result to start with. Bloke in Wales April 3, 2017 at 8:53 am They just can’t learn – that approach got us the leave result to start with. And hopefully it will get us a nice, clean, WTO Brexit. KevinS April 3, 2017 at 9:11 am What Andrew M said. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest either, any more than it doesn’t bother me that my Irish passport isn’t green. It’s just a distraction from the real business of getting free from the whole horrific institution. Chernyy_Drakon April 3, 2017 at 11:48 am Can we have them in Vantablack? That would be awesome The Inimitable Steve April 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm Bloke in Apia – that’s pretty damn spiffy. Chernyy_Drakon – Agreed! No writing, either. Just black on black, because that’ll show we’re metal. Mr Ecks April 3, 2017 at 3:35 pm The passports should also play a loud , tinny version of “Soldiers of the Queen” whenever they are opened. Like a patriotic version of those birthday cards. By the time they get to “and when we say we always won” for the 3rd time or so most custom hacks–regardless of nation–will feel like expediting your free passage into or out of their country double-quick. Diogenes April 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm That old GB passport was a pain in the neck – just too big and stiff to fit in your coat inside pocket, so you had to put it in a bag or in an outer pocket, which was an invitation to pickpockets. Give me the modern soft-spined passport any day Diogenes April 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm And it always looked black to me. Tim the zealot was too young to experience the inconvenience of the thing Tractor Gent April 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm BiG: I’ve got no issues with international standards. I’m even in favour of metric, being an engineer. But one of the things about standards is that they should be essential to the process rather than something some civil servant thought might be a good idea. meiac April 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm Special Estate-Agent Ecks “Biggie: Prior to WW1 there were no mass passports. So once again your adopted shower were at the heart of dirty work. Pioneering ways to make the world a worse place to live courtesy of the German state” Are you trying to say that no one should have passports, because: freedom from the tyranny? Mr Ecks April 5, 2017 at 2:12 am No –I’m saying you are a fucking mental case who doesn’t have the slightest idea what anybody on here is talking about because you are a crazed lackwit and care in the community escapee. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.