The Identity & Passport Service, which addressed her as ‘Mrs Bear’, told her in a letter: "It is deemed to be a frivolous change of name, which would bring IPS into disrepute. It could also pose problems for you at border control in some countries.
"IPS is not questioning the validity of the deed poll, however, it is not prepared to issue a passport in a frivolous name which could compromise our mission statement ‘safeguarding your identity’."
This about the woman who changed her name by deed poll to "Pudsey Bear".
And I’m afraid the IPS is entirely in the wrong here. If you change your name by deed poll you have changed it in a legal manner. That means both that you have changed it using the legal system and that the legal system now regards that as your name.
That is, that this is now your name.
You may have done this for frivolous reasons. You may have been taking the piss.
And the IPS has entirely fuck all fuck all discretion in the matter.
Or. rather, the IPS should have fuck all discretion in the matter.
For there’s a very great difference between being ruled by the law and being ruled by the whims of bureaucrats. It’s the difference between being free and being a helot.
The law allows you to change your name by deed poll. The woman has done this. Her name is now "Pudsey Bear". She is entitled, as a matter of right, on the payment of the applicable fees, to a passport in that name.
What the bureaucrats want, what they desire, is as buggery to the desire of a free person in a free country to use the democratically agreed legislation of the land to do as she wishes.
Me? I would hang the pencil weevils in the IPS for their impertinence. We pay them, they work for us, we are not here to conform to their desires.
No, seriously, fuck ‘em.
Then hang them.