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THE passport fiasco brings to mind just how efficient the Newport passport office was 12 years ago when I wanted a passport urgently and had only three weeks to get it.

I fully expected it to take the full three weeks to obtain, but no! They had it done in three days.

I was filled with admiration for their determination, pleasantness and efficiency. If only we could go back to the future where cost cutting didn’t automatically amount to job cuts.

I’m well aware that many of us oldies have a rosy view of the past, but we have seen better days and that’s a fact.

Walt Jackson, Usk

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5:25pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Realist UK says...

Yes Walt, but 12 years ago the labour party open border and uncontrolled immigration policy hadn't quite kicked in. It's been quite openly reported that the vast majority of passport applications are made by people who's nationality is questionably British.
Yes Walt, but 12 years ago the labour party open border and uncontrolled immigration policy hadn't quite kicked in. It's been quite openly reported that the vast majority of passport applications are made by people who's nationality is questionably British. Realist UK
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8:44am Thu 26 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

Agreed. It was a better service. That was in the days prior to the massive cuts that were brought in on the back of the austerity hysteria which the Government and many large companies took advantage of to get rid of staff so that they could make surviving staff do 1.5 persons jobs. If you don't like it, you're next.
The Civil Service may have been this big, lumbering beast but it is a skeleton of it's former self with many departments outsourced to private companies who make money running the Governments affairs.
One of the fun parts of being a EU member is that the UK has to hit certain efficiency targets set by Brussels. For quite a while now the Civil Service has been unable to meet these standards in many areas, so fines have been set in place against us. The Government has chosen to just keep paying the fines indefinitely instead of admitting they have cut to deep. This is in the 6 figures bracket per week. Source of information - the Civil Servants who are doing the 1.5 persons jobs. They don't roll that out in the Manifesto for 2015 elections though do they?
Agreed. It was a better service. That was in the days prior to the massive cuts that were brought in on the back of the austerity hysteria which the Government and many large companies took advantage of to get rid of staff so that they could make surviving staff do 1.5 persons jobs. If you don't like it, you're next. The Civil Service may have been this big, lumbering beast but it is a skeleton of it's former self with many departments outsourced to private companies who make money running the Governments affairs. One of the fun parts of being a EU member is that the UK has to hit certain efficiency targets set by Brussels. For quite a while now the Civil Service has been unable to meet these standards in many areas, so fines have been set in place against us. The Government has chosen to just keep paying the fines indefinitely instead of admitting they have cut to deep. This is in the 6 figures bracket per week. Source of information - the Civil Servants who are doing the 1.5 persons jobs. They don't roll that out in the Manifesto for 2015 elections though do they? landyman3030
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