We like to take a trip back in time here at On This Day, but rarely do two news stories meet up quite so brilliantly.
Exactly 15 years ago, then Home Secretary, Jack Straw issued an apology to the Great British public to address the backlog in passport applications the government were struggling with.
He said they’d be hiring upwards of 400 new staff to make sure the backlog was cleared, but Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widecombe said: “What I find offensive is that although this situation has been growing, right up until the last 24 hours there has been a denial that there was any problem at all.”
You may have noticed a similar story of late with passports being touted as ‘back-logged’ pretty much exactly 15 years on.
Other famous incidents that occurred On This Day, include:
- Eton College was founded by Henry VII. (1441)
- The Republic of Ireland decriminalises homosexuality. (1993)
- Stephen Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of America, passed away. (1908)