Blue or Burgundy passports?

image
Print Friendly

It has just been announced by a Home Office Minister that the old blue passports for UK residents could be reintroduced and the current burgundy ones in use since 1998 be scrapped.

The immigration minister, Robert Goodwill confirmed that the Home Office was considering making the potential change after the UK leaves the EU with Brexit.He made the statement in response to a question from MP Julien Knight who has said

” The blue passport is a symbol of our independence as a strong, proud nation”

Five million passports are issued annually and they are going to be redesigned anyway to stop fraud. The process of making them blue again would not cost any extra.

What are your views? Is bringing back blue passports nostalgia gone mad? Or would you you like to see them return? Do you like your burgundy passport or would you rather see something completely different?

1119 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Bring back the old blue one I prefer the burgundy one

What are your views?

We'd love to hear your comments

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password
Mollflanders
12th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Is this just another way of making money I wonder? How much are the Government going to charge for changing to blue? Leave it alone. We know who we are.
LittleMinx
2nd Nov 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
My old blue hard cover passport with the little window was tough. It survived a good sucking by my teething baby, don't know how the new paper one would survive,
Bring back the old ones, but gradually, mine is valid for ten years.
I won't hold my breath.
Riversiderouge
29th Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Does it really matter? I say it should stay as it is, because any change would mean more cost, and guess who will be paying?
JohnHerb
9th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Barton babe
28th Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
What difference does it make what colour the passport is? you don't sat looking at it all day do you? As long as it has all the correct info in it, that's what matters.
Wilf
29th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I guess its nostalgia for the old navy blue ones for a lot of us
contrarycat
19th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Omg I have just renewed my passport. I will have to wait 10 years to a blue passport!!!
kman35
15th Oct 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Does it really matter what colour they are as long as they get us through the airport. Besides, if they change them all they will just use it as an excuse to increase the price.
janmac
30th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Seeing as they are going to be redesigned anyway why not have our blue passport back again.As the old red ones go out of date we can have the blue one back.
Res
21st Sep 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
Surely the colour of a passport is inconsequential given all the other more critical issues arising from brexit. Change ......waste of time, energy and money.....in my opinion that is.
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
There is nothing wrong with the Red Passport and the cost would be better spent on repaying the billions loaned to China.
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I don't think we should change just for a whim ......we need all the money we can get to repay the Loan to China .
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I already said I prefer the Red One.. Should all this money be spent when we need every penny we can get.???
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I think a black one but keep it the same size as the current one, and replace them only when expired the cost should be the same then.
modgirl
18th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
total waste of money ....the country is in a bad enough state without adding "what colour of passport" we should have. In Ireland you can apply for a card passport very like your driving license.
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I renewed my Passport last year so would not want to have to purchase a new one and would prefer the money used for this change to be better used to stop the migrants getting in . When
Theresa May was Home Secretary , Border Agency "lost" 3,600
immigrants they let leave the Airport while checking their visas etc.
The 3,600 have disappeared into the ether. I would prefer the money to be spent on securing our Borders .
Roof Top Crow
19th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
The only reference I can find to 3600 was in the Daily Mail (Ho hum more fantasy then) about 4 years ago when just over 3600 blank passports went missing from an RAF truck.
I have always travelled a lot and passed through our UK airports many times. It is just not possible to leave a UK airport whilst the Border Agency are checking people's visa and passport.
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
That did happen Roof Top Crow , I can't remember what Paper , but the 3,600 had been allowed to leave while their details were being checked and they were never found. Probably the guy who nicked the 3,600 Passports was a staff Member and was going to to
do Business with runaways. I thought Border Agency, should have been sacked , but they weren't just think how much more competent a returning Soldier from the Middle East would have been . I noted that the illegal young lads in trying to get into Britain via Container
Lorries in Caais were well dressed, with mobile phones , trainers and jackets , no Parents in sight , were trainee ISIS recruits. Not only were U>K. Insurance Companies paying for the Container damage , but also the Contents. The irony is that Britain is to pay for the Wall !!!!
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
This "War" is like nothing we have known before and History will tell us that it was the US and Britain who started all this by invading
Libya. Now that America has been "breached", the USA will be reluctant to getting involved in the Middle East any more . The UN
is not going to get involved so Putin will be the only one to defend a Country like Syria which is decimated.....what is he going to get out of all this???
Capricorn
20th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Hi kennethkdj, I see a complete breakdown of the EU . now that
America has been castigated for getting involved and been punished by having their own bombing , I think the US of A will
keep out of the Middle East.

Aid convoy to Alleppo was attacked and the cease fire for the enth time has been cancelled.

What is it going to take to bring Law and Order to the Middle East.???
kennethkdj
17th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
Interesting comments on Europe, both for and against, I have to say that it seems to me that the whole E.U is on borrowed time, with the only beneficiaries being the Eastern European countries, they are poor in comparison and it will be only a matter of time before they need to be bailed out at huge expense to others. Germany, France, and formerly the United Kingdom, cannot possibly afford this. .
Roof Top Crow
18th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Romania is the2nd fastest growing country within EU membership with Poland not far behind. Slovakia, Latvia, and Lithuania are also doing very well. So can you let us know which Eastern European countries you think will need help?
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
One reason for these countries new found prosperity is that they take out more from the EU than they put in ,plus all the money their citizens working over here send home to their families ,including child allowances .
Roof Top Crow
18th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
The economic or should I say the capitalist reason for making poor countries economically stronger is that at a certain point they become wealthy enough to begin importing goods and services and right from the start the capitalist countries have a new source of cheap labour.*
.
We have reached the point where some of the old USSR countries such as Romania, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania etc are importing goods and services from the UK and other EU countries and we still have a source of low-cost labour.
.
*The classic example is the German economic relationship with Turkey. Following an agreement in 1961 hundreds of thousands of Turkish guest workers or “Gastarbeiter” went to Germany and worked in the factories and on the land. This influx of workers created the so-called German economic miracle.
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Hi kennethkdj, I couldn't agree more and starting to have misgivings about Theresa May , she is no Maggie Thatcher when it comes to fighting our corner and yet again is trying to stall on a date, to the annoyance of Juncker et al .

P.S. I wonder if we will get back the 1 million Euros Cameron and
Osborne "loaned" to the EU Bank a few months ago. Osborne at the time said the loan was "ringfenced"...whatever that means.
Gayle Pattie
17th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I do not care in fact I soon got used to the European one and have enjoyed being European. Yes a cheaper passport would be great, I have mine until 2020 so I can continue to being European. Really we are all citizens of the world.
pcooper563
17th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I would be happy with any colour if the cost of renewing was significantly reduced. I'm not sure why we need a hard copy passport given all our details and images are stored digitally. Passport checks at airports are cursory so have very little value
Abu
17th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I would be happy to change the colour from Burgundy, but keep the rest of the present format as it is easy to use in both size and layout.
alan1572
16th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I don't mind what colour the passport is. The important thing to me is that I am entitled to a UK passport.
jentie51
16th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
I voted for the burgundy one because I don't really care what colour my passport is & can't see that it matters one iota.
Pam1960
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
As long as I don't have to pay for a new one until the current one expires I don't mind about the colour. Maybe we could have a Union Jack cover but we would probably have to change it again when Scotland are independent
Abu
17th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Not all of us in Scotland are silly enough to wish for independence.......
Patricia48
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Don't forget the Welsh - I would love a dragon on the front of my passport!
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Nah Patricia48......You would probably get a lot of jibes from Border Control suggesting it's a good likeness to you LOL

I I am also Welsh BTW
Patricia48
18th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Probably - I get more like a fire breathing dragon everyday - look out world!
Capricorn
18th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
WOW.....If your plan is to take over the World and abolish Governments , I think you could get a few Helpers here to set it up.
JinxB
16th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
What next, back to the paper driving license, nostalgia is good but you cannot go back to yesterday, time passes things change, what difference does it make what color your passport is, it is a document for travel not an artistic statement, people will be wanting cheque books and white £5 notes next.
Jakki
17th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I still have a cheque book. The white £5 might be going a bit too far though!
Pwilly
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Blue! So much more distinctive than other countries passports.
Robcar
30th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
US Passports are blue....
blueyes7
16th Sep 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
Yes I think we should go back to our blue passports.
nipper 6
16th Sep 2016
7
Thanks for voting!
It's nothing to do with the colour, the old blue one represents my country, and I'm proud to be British.
Roof Top Crow
16th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
The discussion about the colour of passports only interests the 17 million people who voted for the UK to withdraw from membership of the EU. If a blue passport is introduced it will represent that 65 million UK citizens have had to wave goodbye to being the 5th strongest economy in the world, wave goodbye to cooperation in science, technology, educational standards and mutual security with the 445 million people who are our of our closest neighbours and of course we will have waved goodbye to the UK being the centre of world economic transactions.
MorrisandDoris
16th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Welcome back Mr Crow I thought you had flown and are now living in Luxembourg home of the crackpot Herr Junker ?

Well lets get back to it then, Remainers Lost Leavers won, so to carry on with a discussion of a proposed EU army if we were still members of the EU that is,never would work only the French are any good so what about the rest then, Greece can't afford an army Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the rest, they are all useless and most of them are not trustworthy.
So lets make friends with the Russians then, I like Putin and he needs some friends like we do!
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
Welcome home Roof Top. It's reassuring to know you're still in the land of the living!

I must say, your's is an interesting position when viewed in the light of Herr Junker's statement to the Bratislava meetings today. He has declared, all EU nations will be federalised within nine months. He goes further.

I won't go into excessive detail, you'll read it all somewhere, but I am concerned about the proposed creation of European battle groups to carry out military intervention in crises. Maybe because of the lack of detail available, one assumes these battle groups are to intervene in Crimea and elsewhere outside the catchment area. But that may not be the case. An earlier attempt at federalising Europe created a military force to suppress opposition from within.

Roof Top, do you recall Mr. Cameron after his 'thin gruel' negotiations with Europe back in March declaring: 'No Ever Closer Union, No European Army.'

And you said, if memory serves well, on the Referendum thread, the Leave campaign were pushing lies!

Come on Roof Top, come back at me!
JinxB
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
If we had stayed in we could have fought these proposals from a position of strength but now we will have no say in what goes on, we will just be spectators, there is plenty of opposition to federalization but it is weaker now we have left. Do you think Britain will be best served now we have left for all intents and purposes, we have to hope we can negotiate a reasonable deal but we have very little world power and nothing to offer the rest of the world because like it or not Britain is no longer Great and has very little clout on the world stage.
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
We will always be there when the fighting starts like the Americans are but the rest of Europe forget them they surrender like in the 1940s so don't think we have no clout compared with Europe we will always punch above our weight!
kennethkdj
17th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
We have not been in a position of power and influence in the E.U for some considerable time. We were deferred to because of our financial largesse and strategic geographical position, but our bargaining power was never looked at in the same terms as Germany or France.
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
Jinx I take your point, but cannot agree. If we were so powerfully placed in the EU how is it Cameron couldn't negotiate a better deal for us in March? Yet the prospect of us exiting the EU has thrown them into confusion. Indeed, even Deutchebank is more depressed than usual.

The European press since our referendum has reported anti EU groups and parties taking great heart. A personal count, taken at the beginning of this week, shows nineteen European nations with a near majority wanting out! For whatever reason they want out, and we led the way.

Paraphrasing, you asked if I think we will be best served by leaving the EU? OH YES I DO! It's the best thing to have happened to this nation since Cromwell addressed the Long Parliament in 1653 (?).
Roof Top Crow
16th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
The words European battle groups create more than a little chill across my keyboard.
.
There are only two military forces of any significance within EU membership, the UK, and France. And the UK has now voted to pull back from cooperation with the other 27 member countries leaving France to take the strain.
.
At the very time when military experience and strength is vital for the continuing security of the whole of Europe, the UK has voted to pull back from cooperation with the other countries in Europe.
.
There are ongoing threats to Europe from Russia, massive instability in the middle east and Africa and the UK has now voted to not cooperate with our European neighbours.
.
Or have I misunderstood the situation.?
MorrisandDoris
18th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Yes you have misunderstood the situation again Start looking at the bigger picture Europe is in decline ,Russia will take back Eastern Europe ,China will take Asia,The rest of Europe will become the new Middle East but without the oil ,America will take South America and maybe even Canada .
The UK ,well possibly we could align with Russia that would make sense for many reasons .
Roof Top Crow
19th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
That is so unrealistic from a military or financial perspective I will pass this to someone else to respond.
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
Oh dear, are your opinions from the New Statesman or the Economist? I care not to be rude here but I've read this sort of nonsense in these journals.

There's one military force in the entirety of Europe which is worth their salt. The British military. They're the very best! The French, as said elsewhere on this thread, are trained only to defend France, and a pitiful job they made of that seventy years ago. And here I might add, also in the early sixties with the Franco-Algerian terrorist war. The OAs made mincemeat of all but the Legion Etrangere.

Co-operate with European military, well we did some years ago. The Belgians downed arms, the French ran and the Dutch went underground. Encouraging, isn't it?

As for the Germans re-arming, well, it is going to be a disaster for the rest of Europe and again we will bail them out! History does repeat itself, it's like an helix.

Now, Roof Top, what about Cameron's lies? Come on, an answer is due us.
Lionel
17th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
No, you may not assume I read the Guardian. Really, do you think I'm so soft in the head?
Roof Top Crow
17th Sep 2016
-2
Thanks for voting!
Can I assume that as well as reading the Economist and the New Statesman you also read The Guardian
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
I cannot see a European Army working with multiple languages. Germans, French, Italians???
the reason the Brits and Americans work so well together as partners in the military is we speak the same language and have similar traditions. It works! A European army would be a shambles in my humble opinion
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
You're quick off the mark Wilf!!

I entirely agree with you. But perhaps European military integration is further away still. There is a marked lack of commonality across European militaries.

The Czechs and Poles have replaced their Russian-made weapons with American hardware. The French, as far as is possible, manufacture their own warships which are not compatible with anyone else's hardware. With the exception of the Foreign Legion their entire military looks toward protecting France. They're just not trained for anything else.

The Germans re-arming worries me. I'll leave that point there, unless you wish to open a discussion.

The Italians, Belgians and French have a habit of surrendering or deserting. There's more, but none of it points toward a high degree of trust between allied nations.

I doubt the Euro-military would stand much of a chance in open warfare, not the least for the reasons you gave. But as a militia charged with suppressing civil unrest, it could be painfully effective.
nipper 6
16th Sep 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
I'm not sure where you've got your figs from, 17 million voted to leave and the remainers had a million less votes. How can you speak for all the other people who didn't vote. It's about time people in this country stopped running the country into the ground, and stat to take a more posative step with our future, and the country.
I can not understand why we want to be ruled by basically a country that we defeated 60 years ago. We managed very well without Europe interference for many years after the war.,people need to start believeing in themselves. It's a big world out there and we can trade with many other countries and still be a very strong independent country, making our own rules.
When I signed up to Europe, we were coned by the conservative government, of which I've been a member all my life. I'm not sure about my future voting, into a trading arrangement which would benefit our country. I certainly did not join to be dictated to by a bunch of overpaid under worked burocrats, who are only there for one reason only, to make themselves richer. How come they are not accountable, and why have there accounts never been audited. You don't have to be a genious to work that one out.
Roof Top Crow
17th Sep 2016
-2
Thanks for voting!
We are still full members of the EU and we will be for at least the next 26 months. However, the way 17 million people voted means that much of the future and well-being of the UK is going to be being decided by the other 27 countries in EU membership. These 27 countries will hold meetings to decide our future and the UK will not be represented. The first meeting was held over the past two days ago, we were not invited.
.
A reference to a war that ended more than 70 years ago is helpful when it brings to mind Winston Churchill. Churchill believed that to avoid future conflict in Europe we should cooperate at all levels with our neighboring countries. 70 years later we have voted to ignore that advice.
.
It is often said that we can easily replace the level of manufacturing trade we will lose when we leave the EU by trading with the rest of the world, that is not true. Because of our high manufacturing costs, the UK is no a longer a manufacturing country of any significance. The majority of our exports come from the service industries such as banking, finance, tourism, and education and these sectors are very dependent on our EU membership for business. Plus of course, the IT industry where the UK is a world leader. The IT industry is growing very quickly and is not restricted by political borders and tariffs but the downside is that it employs relatively few people.
.
I would not like to comment on the work level of EU employees I would guess that they work as hard as our own civil servants. The EU accounts get signed off every year. The year ending September 2015 was published in April 2016. It is worth noting that the error factor in the published accounts primarily reflects the fraudulent claims that are made by the farming industry in all 28 member countries.
Baxi
16th Sep 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
It's a priviledge to have a British passport, whatever the colour.
leoden
16th Sep 2016
-1
Thanks for voting!
I remember the old blue passports and they always looked grubby. But the burgundy ones do not seem to show the marks, which is the only reason I prefer it.
derekbandyorg
16th Sep 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
There are many things more important than this.
JohnHerb
9th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Not really if you travel quite a bit!
jeane
16th Sep 2016
7
Thanks for voting!
Definitely a return to BLUE, they should never have been changed.
grammamia
16th Sep 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
I would like the old one back, getting rid of the EU logo. Ideally I would like a Scottish one but this will have to wait a couple of years.
Barbara24
16th Sep 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
I loved my old blue passport, I was proud to show it. The maroon ones are floppy and lack character.
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
The only good think about the new ones is you can fold them into your pocket. The older larger ones were more difficult to carry
Annabella47
16th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
Please, please, please bring back the blue passport. So distinctive and with our Sovereignty very visible on the front, makes you even more proud to belong to Great Britain.
GrannyJack
16th Sep 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
I'd pay extra to get a proper British Passport
MaureenE
16th Sep 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
As passports are renewed they can be changed then
AvrilD
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
A passport is a passport doesn't matter what colour, we are going to have to change anyway when we leave the EU, will we still have the "e"to let you go through the (supposedly) fast gates or are we going to have to queue through (any other passport) queue?
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
Total waste of time and money. Keep it as it is. The government has not even told us details yet about Brexit and now they are pontificating on the colour of our passports. Who on earth is running this once great country? I bet Nelson, Victoria or Churchill would have got a grip if they were in charge!
JR73
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Had one of the three been running this country we would not have been in the EU !
Wilf
16th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Well when they were around we were managing 25% of the world anyway
JR73
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
chrissiek
16th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Blue definitely I actually have mine in a blue cover
Jo Kingham
16th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
Blue with UK stamped all over it!
ColetteR
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
They will only change the colour when your passport expires. You won't receive a new passport until that time. That's how I have understood it.
PamelaMag
16th Sep 2016
8
Thanks for voting!
I never was an EU citizen. Voted against it every time because I knew it wouldn't work! Corrupt politicians ruin everything.
bobmcl1skycom
16th Sep 2016
4
Thanks for voting!
Mine was Blue when i served HM the Queen in The Forces cause we are the UK
bazzer1947
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Just renewed our passports and got the burgundy one for another ten years so why change because of brexit means millions of people who are in the same position , they can't cope with the applications they get now so how are they going to manage renewing everyone's .
EddGall
16th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
It's daft I have just renewed mine
MrsPat
15th Sep 2016
10
Thanks for voting!
Have we really got to change back to Blue passports? How bonkers is that. Whats wrong with the current ones and what a total waste of money
patrj
15th Sep 2016
5
Thanks for voting!
I quite agree part of moving on doesnt mean looking backwards.
Munsterlander
16th Sep 2016
7
Thanks for voting!
I agree as well and why a blue passport? Why not green or pink? We cannot keep looking back at nostalgia. Its comforting for many people but we must look forward to progress
Lionel
16th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Munsterlander, it is not necessarily people being hog-tied by nostalgia. It seems to me there is an upsurge in patriotism, which is a good thing whereas nationalism is not.

Surely, restoring our blue passport with United Kingdom stamped on it is but one step to recovering a sense of our national identity. There will, doubtless, be many more.
JohnHerb
15th Sep 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
I did like the old blue ones and still have two of them with the corners cut out.. from when I used to travel a lot in Europe. Its funny to see all the old European passport stamps..none of that now of course. the problem with the blue ones was they weer ridged. I like the burgundy ones as they can fold in your pocket. Bring back the blue ones BUT make them smaller and flexible like the burgundy ones. Whole thing is a waste of time as in about 20 years will probably not be passports but something like iris recognition. It has to come. The time I have spent wasted in passport queues is ridiculous. The most stupid is coming back to blighty and seeing a 30 or 40 minute queue for passports! What to get back into my own country? Its madness

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Speakers Corner

Real or Artificial - What kind of Christmas tree will you have? Fresh cut Christmas trees
Each Christmas there is a ‘debate’ over real versus artificial Christmas trees. The...
Do you agree with Cryogenic Preservation? Excess smoky nitrogen gas discharge during filling of a liquid nitrogen dewar.
This week it was announced that a very brave 14 year old girl who had terminal cancer had won...
Should shops remain closed on Boxing Day? Boxing Day Sale cinnamon star on green wood concept.
A petition calling for a ban on shops opening on Boxing Day has attracted close to 194,000...
Will you be sending Christmas cards this year? Bracknell, England - October 28th, 2014: Vintage style Christmas cards. Modern cards originated from a printing in 1843 instigated by Sir Henry Cole, director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a...
Do you still use cheques as payment? Signing a blank cheque with a fountain pen
** Note: Shallow depth of field
Cheques books have been used in the UK for over 350 years but they are now on the decline. In...
Are you surprised that Donald Trump won? Saint Louis, MO, USA - March 11, 2016: Donald Trump addresses supporters at the Peabody Opera House in Downtown Saint Louis
After months of campaigning, debating, mud slinging and scandals, the Americans have voted and...
Do you mind the gap? toblerone
The makers of Toblerone, Mondelez, have taken the decision to widen the gaps between the...
Should Nigel Farage be ennobled in the House of Lords? LONDON, UK - MAY 1, 2016: Nigel Farage seen arriving at the BBC to attend the Andrew Marr show
There are calls for Nigel Farage to be made a Lord and take his place as a peer in the upper...
Should the FA defy the poppy ban? poppy
England are due to host Scotland at a World Cup qualifying match at Wembley on November 11 ...
Who would you trust more to be the next US President? LONDON UK - MARCH 3RD 2016: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pin badges over the American flag symbolizing their battle to become the next President of the United States 3rd March 2016.
With the latest results today from ABC/Washington Post tracking poll, now showing Donald Trump...
Should the UK have a complete ban on selling Ivory products? ivoryburn2 900x600
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef come wildlife campaigner, has been looking into the shocking...
Do you think Princess Beatrice and Eugenie should be given royal duties? London UK - June 17 2006: Princess Eugenie (left) and Princess Beatrice seating on the Royal Coach at Trooping the colour ceremony also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade
** Note: Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes
It was revealed in the sunday papers that there is a nasty feud brewing between Prince Charles and...
Do you rake or vacuum? Yorkshire Dog on the autumn leaves blur
Autumn is in full swing, and the leaves are rapidly changing from luscious shades of green, to a...
Where do you think the extra runway should be built - Heathrow or Gatwick? Airplane touch down on runway during sunset
Since the 1970s various UK governments have been debating how to expand the UKs potential to...
Are the Government right to do a Pension U-turn? bigstock-Pensions-11274911
The government has done a huge U-turn on Pensions and scrapped the rights of 5 million pensioners...
Do city zoos still have a place in a modern society? gorilla in zoo
Last week’s incident at London Zoo, in which a male silverback gorilla escaped his enclosure...
Are hospital trusts cashing in on the sick? Ticket machine at the exit of a car park
Patients in England are being penalised with increasing parking charges with 30% of hospital...
Is BA trying to pull the wool over our eyes? BARCELONA SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: A British Airways Airbus A320 taking off on December 11 2014 in Barcelona. British Airways is the international airline of Great Britain with its headquarters in London.
Last week British Airways proudly announced that they will be partnering with Marks & Spencer...
Are we being ripped off? TERRY'S CHOCLATE ORANGE
It seems to happen every year now, that chocolate manufacturers start messing with our favourite...
If you were American would you vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? July 27, 2016: Illustration showing Republican Donald Trump versus Democrat Hillary Clinton face-off for American president with words Election 2016 on isolated white background done in stencil retro art style.
Last night was the first of three of the big TV debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald...
Will you still watch The Great British Bake Off without Mary Berry? Mary Berry
Earlier this month we asked our Silversurfers should the  Great British Bake Off should remain...
Do you prefer the new £5 note? chuchill-sterling-note
A new plastic £5 note that features Sir Winston Churchill and can survive a spin in the washing...
Should all cats wear a bell-collar? Closeup frontal view of calico cat with its recently caught wild bird.
According to statistics, there are 8.1 million cats in the UK that kill 275 million "prey items...
Had you planned to retire earlier than you are now able to? Worried senior woman, an elderly pensioner counting utility bills at her home, concept of financial security in old age
Changes in 1995 and 2011 to the state pension age mean women born on or after April 6, 1951 can...
Should The Great British Bake Off remain with the BBC? WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 28/07/2015 - Programme Name: The Great British Bake Off - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows: +++Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 hours Tuesday July 28th 2015+++ Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off contestants - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon
First Top Gear, then The Voice and now Great British Bake Off. The BBC has lost the contract to...
Do you support the Junior Doctor's latest planned 5 day strike? Doctor. Close-up. Doctor hands crossed with stethoscope.
There is continuing unrest in hospitals as we hear today that Junior Doctors have more plans to...
Should an immediate ban on microbeads in toiletries be imposed? Illustration of lotion bottle with zoomed in particles of microbeads or lotion
Many cosmetics and toiletries such as shower gels and anti-ageing creams, scrubs and even...
Do you take HRT? Menopause - diagnosis written on a white piece of paper. Syringe and vaccine with drugs.
Following more than a decade of controversy, today we wake up to the news that hormone replacement...
Should the Government create more Grammar Schools? Portrait of three students: two girls and a boy in the middle of them. They're looking at camera and smiling. Blackboard behind them.
Theresa May and Justine Greening the new Education Secretary have said they would like to open...
Is Climate Change really happening? The Effect of Global Warming is shown on a landscape
The weather is an obsession with the British and no wonder with all the changes we get during our...
Should Punch and Judy be banned at public events? WEYMOUTH, DORSET, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Holiday makers sitting on the sands of Weymouth beach to watch a traditional Punch and Judy show on August 31 2012.  The old fashioned performance is attracting more tourists to the area.
Punch and Judy shows have been going for 350 years after one was first performed at Covent Garden...
Are the school holidays too long? the text school holidays made from modelling clay of different colors and some beach toys such as toy shovels and sand moulds, on a rustic wooden surface
O f course everyone needs a break: teachers, pupils, parents, all of us. And it’s lovely to...
Are you tempted to plan a digital detox? Trash Bin Button
Internet overload has led millions of people in the UK to take a "digital detox", according to...
Do you floss? Daily health care. Young man cleaning flossing his white teeth with dental floss
It seems like simple, sensible advice to improve our health : Eat five portions of fruit...
Who would make a better President - Donald or Hillary? Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton
D emocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a six-point lead over Republican rival...
Have you visited your GP in the last 5 years? Doctor. Close-up. Doctor hands crossed with stethoscope.
Patients could be struck off GP surgery lists after five years of no contact...
Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith - who would you choose? OwenCorbyn
Owen Smith will take on Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership in a head-to-head race that will...
Who would be the best leader for the Labour Party? Angela Eagle and Jeremy Corbyn
What an eventful two weeks in politics!  We have voted to leave the EU, tomorrow we will have a...
Is it all about the winning or the taking part? hand holding up a gold trophy cup as a winner in a competition
Why do we say "it's not the winning but the taking part that counts"? It's a phrase echoed by...
Theresa May or Angela Leadsom for Prime Minister? Theresa May  and Andrea Leadsom
The contest now moves to its final stage with the Conservative Party's 150,000-strong membership...
Would you vote differently in a new EU Referendum? Flag of United Kingdom over the flag of the European Union Vector illustration
An anonymous group of business leaders and academics is mounting a legal challenge to stop the...
Should Jeremy Corbyn Stay or Go? Jeremy-Corbyn-England-900
The results of the EU Referendum have left the country in a state of temporary turmoil. The...
Do you think we’re facing chaos now we’re leaving the EU? brexit Great Britain EU exit
After months of debate, scaremongering, polls and confusion the decision has been made for the...
Is recognising 'gender neutral' going to get complicated? toilet door for gender neutral isolated on white background
The gender-neutral Mx . is used as a title for those who do not identify as being of a particular...
Should advertising be less sexist? tv ads and mass media: old style television with text Marketing and advertising
Unilever, the firm, behind more than 400 brands from Ben & Jerry's ice-cream to Dove soap, has...
Should the law be changed on naming and shaming the accused? cliff
Sir Cliff Richard has admitted he feels "tarnished" following two years of "trauma", after the CPS...
Do you research to ensure you always get the best deal? Isolated stack of bills over a black background.
It's a familiar complaint from customers, that they have to search on the internet to find the...
Do you approve of dummies? happy baby with pacifier lying in a stroller
** Note: Soft Focus at 100%, best at smaller sizes
Love them or hate them, parents have used dummies, pacifiers, comforters, or soothers for...
Would you like to be categorised as 'Mrs M&S'? LONDON-MAY 21, 2013. M&S store sign in London on May 21, 2013. Marks and Spencer specialises in the selling of clothing and luxury food products. 703 stores in UK and 361 stores in more than 40 countries.
Marks and Spencer's has a new boss and he has unveiled plans to revive the retailer's clothing...
Do you renew your insurance policies on a comparison website or via a broker? Insurance - letters on wooden desk with laptop computer and a notebook. 3d render illustration.
** Note: Shallow depth of field
In this day and age, we probably all have many different insurance polices, covering a range of...
Do you have enough facts yet to make your decision about the EU? Brexit UK EU referendum concept with flags
With less than 6 weeks to go now, until we get the chance to cast our vote on whether we want to...
Should Abortion be de-criminalised after 24 weeks? Pro-life vs pro-choice female right on abortion concept
The Royal College of Midwives has faced controversy after calling for the legal limits on abortion...
Should attendance rate be considered when fining parents who take children out of school in term time? Young family having fun together in pool
Should parents whose children attend school regularly be allowed to take their children out of...
Should it be legal to require females to wear high heels at work? High heel woman shoe. Isolated on a white background.
It's still legal in the UK for a company to require female members of staff to wear high heels at...
Do you buy a daily newspaper or do you read the news online? Desktop monitor, office laptop, tablet PC and black glossy touchscreen smartphones with internet web business news on screen and stack of color newspapers isolated on white background
A brand new daily newspaper, the New Day, is set to close on Friday, just nine weeks after it was...
Do you find supermarket offers misleading? SUPERMARKET
Around four in ten of all products sold in supermarkets are on some kind of special offer as...
Have your tried e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking? Electronic cigarettes isolated on the white background
Doctors have given e-cigarettes the green light in a new landmark report stating smokers should be...
Do you support or oppose junior doctors in all-out strike? picture of doctor hands giving white pills and glass of water
Today is the first day ever that a Junior Doctor's strike will effect cover in Hospital Accident...
Do you rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher? Open dishwasher with clean utensils in it
It's the argument that divides households - and we want to hear your view. Before putting your...
Should Inheritance Tax be abolished? Papers with inheritance tax and testament form.
Currently, inheritance tax is paid on amounts left over £350,000. This tax is payed on income...
Should Britain stay in the EU or is now the time to leave? Eu Flag
The decision for the EU Referendum date has now been made, and David Cameron will...
Should the government be spending tax payers money on EU Leaflets with a one sided view? _89125929_89125928
The government is spending more than £9m on sending a leaflet to every UK household setting out...
Should ‘Exercise Equivalents’ Be Part of Food Labelling? Image of overweight person chased by cupcakes and runs above a scale, isolated on white background
There is a new initiative being investigated which says that food should be labelled with how much...
Do you think that all dogs should be microchipped? Cute puppy
The new law comes into force tomorrow, 6th April 2016, for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped...
Should the Government save the British Steel Industry? Steel sheet manufacturing at steel industrial plant.
The UK steel industry has been thrown into its biggest crisis for a generation after Tata Steel...
Are you concerned about your weight? weigh scale on limit - help ! diet health
According to a report by England's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, obesity is the...
Would you prefer the date of Easter to be fixed? Resurrection of Jesus Christ- Jesus is risen
The Archbishop of Canterbury hopes to end the debate spanning 12 centuries by finally setting an...
Is it ever acceptable for a man to be unfaithful to his wife? White used shirt on a white background with woman's red lipstick on the collar
Edward Fox, a three-time Bafta winner who starred in The Day of the Jackal and Seventies...
Should over 70s have to retake their driving test? Man driving a car and showing thumbs up
Currently, there is no age restriction on when Brits should stop driving with the law only...
Should St George's Day and St David's Day be National Holidays? English and Welsh Relations Concept Image - Flags of England and Wales Jigsaw Puzzle
While St Andrew's Day and St Patrick's Day are national holidays in Scotland and in Northern...
Will you be buying any Cadbury Creme Eggs this year? Cadbury Creme eggs
The Cadbury Creme Egg recipe debate has been in full swing since Christmas!  To many, the...
Should cannabis be legalised for medicinal reasons? bigstock-Close-Up-Dried-Marijuana-Leave-97248254-653x435
It's a debate that continues to court controversy. The Australian parliament passed new...
Will you continue to use scented candles? spa image of frangipani flowers and candles

** Note: Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes
It has recently been reported in the Daily Mail and on the BBC News that lives are being put at...
Should London have more Skyscrapers? LONDON, UK - MARCH 4TH 2015: A beautiful dusk-time view of London overlooking the Shard Tower Bridge City Hall River Thames the dome of St. Pauls Cathedral and the tip of Monument on 4th March 2015.
In May 1984 Prince Charles made a passionate speech during the 150th anniversary of the...
Should it be illegal to smack your child? Mother Hitting Young Daughter
Scotland are looking at changing their law so that parents who smack their children could end up...
Ready prepared or whole - how do you buy your vegetables? A group of fresh and mixed vegetables
With a wealth of health information at our fingertips, most of us try to take good care of our...
Should you be fined for missing a GP appointment? doctor checking blood pressure with stethoscope and sphygmomanom
It's thought that £162 million is lost each year through missed GP appointments. A poll of...
Should out-patients and visitors be charged to park at hospitals? Close-up Of Person's Hand Inserting Coin At Parking Meter
Many hospitals around the UK charge out-patients and visitors an hourly fee to use their car park...
Will you be making a romantic gesture on Valentine's Day? Bouquet of red roses with decorative heart and gift box. St Valentine's concept with copy space
With 14th February almost upon us, shops are bursting with heart shaped chocolates and cards...
Are you getting enough sleep? Alarm clock in the middle of the night  isolated on black concept for insomnia
A survey, conducted by YouGov,  polled 4,100 British adults and found that a whopping 46 per...
Would you be prepared to give up your free TV Licence? LONDON UK - 5TH APRIL 2014: The outside of a BBC building in central London
The BBC has announced that it is planning to bring in some "Silver Celebrities" in a campaign to...
Are you drinking more or less alcohol as you get older? Red wine pouring into wine glass, close-up
A recent survey found that the  over-50s are increasingly turning to alcohol to cope with...
Bottled Water or Tap Water? a glass of drinking water blue backgroung
Last year, bottled water overtook carbonated drinks as the world’s best-selling soft drink...
Will you modify your alcohol consumption in light of the new guidance? Red wine glass and glass of light beer
New alcohol limits were issued last week by Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, following...
Do you use Blankets or a Duvet on your bed in Winter? White flowers and books on a side table near a bed. Fresh design.
There have been a great many revolutions in our daily habits over the last century: frothy...
Should Prince Charles step aside and allow Prince William to become the next King? LONDON, ENGLAND, UK - JUNE 13 2015: The Royal Family appears on Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour ceremony also Prince Georges first appearance on balcony on June 13 2015 in London
Did you watch last night's documentary on ITV, where Ant and Dec got to find out more about what...
Do you take a daily dose of vitamins and minerals? Variety of dietary supplements including capsules of Garlic Evening Primrose Oil; Artichoke Leaf; Olive Leaf; Magnesium and Omega 3 Fish Oil. Selective focus. Taken in daylight.
As the temperature drops and coughs and colds spread, shops are filling up with vitamin tablets...