I noticed that I have to renew my passport which expires next month. Looks like I have to post it off to Dusseldorf. I was surprised to still see this remnant of the class system on the application form notes.
“Someone who has known you personally for at least two years should complete and sign Section 10. That person should be a British citizen, other British national or Commonwealth citizen who is a Member of Parliament, Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion, Bank Officer, Established Civil Servant, or professionally qualified person, e.g. Lawyer, Engineer, Doctor, School Teacher, Police Officer or a person of similar standing.”
I remember something similar to this years ago, either when I renewed my driving licence or the last time I renewed my passport. I thought they’d have fixed it by now.
British people understand that “of similar standing” means “better than you”, or “one of us”, depending on who you are, and that it has the effect of reducing access for people who don’t move in those social circles. The class system is the thing I feel most relieved to escape by living in Germany.
I guess I’ll have to find some Brit somewhere who I more or less known who is an engineer of something. Can’t I just be a citizen of the EU, please?