My Passport out of here

In his latest online comment column J.J. Charlesworth responds to the storm of complaints about the new UK passport design

By J.J. Charlesworth

Elisabeth Scott, UK passport page. Courtesy HM Passport Offce

The revelation that the new design for the UK’s passport is to feature seven men and – shock! - only two women has provoked storms of complaint over the glaring gender imbalance. The new passport design, unveiled by the UK Passport Agency earlier this week was meant to celebrate figures who exemplify British creativity through the centuries, but before too long, the story has turned into outrage from commentators who – since the successful campaign to have the portrait of…

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