So we're supposed to live in a free society, so I thought.
My (illusory) freedom was thinking I could renew my British passport relatively easily any time, even though I had not renewed it since 1997 (I still have this old passport)
Oh dear, when applying online, it said my passport was so old I have to apply as FIRST passport. And need someone (preferably British) countersign my form and writing on back of photos that they recognise me as being me!
The world has gone quite mad...