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Passport Interviews by Spursfan on 17 February 2007 4:48pm
Sorry, this is really for UK palinites.

What do you think of the fact that from April 2007 new applicants have to go for a face-to-face interview (compulsory) and that from 2009, all renewals, lost passport etc have to also go for an interview?

This from AOL news:

'Passport chief defends interview plan

People wanting a British passport must accept the "inconvenience" of being interviewed in order to reduce identity fraud, the head of the passport service says.

Chief executive James Hall compared the compulsory face-to-face questioning - which comes into force in April - to the need to go through airport security.

All new applicants, some 600,000 a year, will face the new procedure.

And from 2009, millions more will be interviewed when it is extended to those renewing lost, stolen or expired passports.

Mr Hall told the BBC: "We all as citizens recognise that we have to be inconvenienced by airport security but it's in our collective benefit that we are.

"So I think people will recognise that it's appropriate once in their lifetime to go through a little bit more inconvenience in order that we can ensure the integrity of the passport document."

But Liberal Democrat spokesman Simon Hughes criticised the procedure.

"Most people do not have the time or the inclination to have to travel, probably quite a long way from where they live, probably during the working week when they have jobs to do, to be able to keep the Home Office happy," he said.

"The Home Office needs to calm down, back off and let people go about their lives in an efficient way, efficient for people not efficient for the Home Office."'

I think it is a good idea, but they must open more passport offices - even if they are just to process interviews, maybe in County towns or cities? At present our nearest one is Liverpool, at least an hour's drive away. Currently there are just 7 regional passport offices: Liverpool, Durham, Peterborough, London, Belfast, Newport (Gwent) and Glasgow.

What is everyone's opinion?

Anne (who luckily has just renewed her passport - though the photo looks like I am in the KGB!!)
Re: Passport Interviews by johnnythemonkey on 17 February 2007 9:15pm
Am I being cynical?I think it will be an inconvenience to the to the likes of us (and expense) and do little for for the laughable security of our borders.We are an island for goodness sake!Yet seem to be open to all and sundry.
Re: Passport Interviews by sighthound on 17 February 2007 9:37pm
It's not just a UK issue. 9/11 gave fascist politicians and the bureaucrats that support them an excuse to try to control every aspect of our lives. Read "1984". See "Brazil". It's here now. Resist!
Re: Passport Interviews by Lounge Trekker on 18 February 2007 2:11am
It looks like the 'terrorists' have won.

Lounge Trekker
Re: Passport Interviews by johnnythemonkey on 18 February 2007 3:04am
Ah Pete,what is terrorism?The I.R.A fought a justifiable war against my country.Their tactics were wrong.I abhorred the killing on both sides and conveyed to supporters of the I.R.A that only hitting the British government in the pocket would work.It proved to be so and Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness are modern-day heroes of that great little country.These noble people want to be free of British rule in their own country.If you look what was done to them over the years,they deserve it.I should say that I think that Ian Paisley will also deserve plaudits as he has made great head-way from his previously entrenched views.I applaud him.That is not a joke,the man has moved,credit where credit is due.

Tiocfaidh Ar La.
Re: Passport Interviews by andrea34 on 18 February 2007 4:34am
Read your comment with great interest johnny,being N.I catholic republican,I honestly have never heard anyone outside here speak like that.I really believed that anyone who wasnt from N.I didnt believe or understand the "struggle" Think we all just felt a bit forgotten and isolated. Good to think that others try to understand whats going on over here!
Re: Passport Interviews by johnnythemonkey on 18 February 2007 4:44am
I am Scottish Andrea ,your country has great support and love here.Not always of the right sort.I have always beleived in Irish republicanism and some of my forebears died at the hands of the Black and Tans.Though we are Scots/Irish rather than Irish/Scots.That sounds Irish !
Re: Passport Interviews by andrea34 on 18 February 2007 11:38pm
Go raibh maith agat.
Re: Passport Interviews by johnnythemonkey on 19 February 2007 2:00am
Ta failte romhat.Caide mar ta tu ?ca bhuil tu i do chonai? Ta me i mo chonai ibglasgow.
Andrea bear in mind the U.S has more Irish than Ireland!And my town here in Scotland has a great deal of Irish ancestory.You are well represented and thought of.I should mention the contribution that William J. Clinton made to the peace process.A great unsong success of U.S. diplomacy.
Re: Passport Interviews by sighthound on 19 February 2007 6:56am
Please translate John and Andrea. (I had two months of studying Gaelic before my teacher moved away - either of you two care to take up my Gaelic education?)
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