I raise a glass - to the Green Card for Europe

Author: Hugh Mitford


Over the past 25 years as past chair of the British Association along the Riviera and having run a radio, broadcasting station, I am still in contact with most older and new expats, coming and going.

What got my attention is your simple ID card.

Growing up in South Africa we carried an ID card,much the same as all French citizens have today. Solved many problems as and when needed!

I still have it and always accepted by the French authorities. Saves carrying around my passport (British) and the fear of loosing it etc!

If I remember correctly, holding an ID card in UK was frowned upon by the "stick in the mud" British people? 

This is when I began to realise how silly it all was? Unable to accept change?  Anyway, apologies for the rambling! 

Along with my French colleagues and from opinion and experience, holding a simple ID card, solves all needs. I would strongly recommend that the EU offers this facility to every citizen! 

Especially with all the older people who have become distraught and devastated with what is going on with British politics?

EU, ID cards will cost an enormous amount of money with massive security control. A new bureau-technocrat challenge for the EU? They need to use Brexit as the start. 

The EU needs to communicate top down and bottom up?

I raise a glass


Hugh Mitford

About the Author

Hugh Mitford

Born and brought up in South Africa, Hugh grew up on the back of a horse and went on to train and breed racehorses. 

He has served in the South African Defence Force completing active duties in Mozambique, Caprivi Strip and South West Africa. He also managed large farming operations in Zimbabwe. Widely travelled he has lived in 6 countries and speaks 4 languages, working for several international companies, along with IBM and United Nations. He has been resident in the South of France for over 20 years and has served on the central committee of the British Association (Menton, Nice, Cannes & Var) linked with the British Consulate for over 15 years, providing help to British residents along the Riviera.

He is a member of the London Society of Authors and Chairman of SAFI, the South African International Association of the Riviera. Hugh is the great-great grandson, nephew and cousin to the last seven squires of Mitford, on the direct mainline of the Mitford family of Mitford, Northumberland since 1042.

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Hugh Mitford

About the Author

Hugh Mitford

Born and brought up in South Africa, Hugh grew up on the back of a horse and went on to train and breed racehorses. 

He has served in the South African Defence Force completing active duties in Mozambique, Caprivi Strip and South West Africa. He also managed large farming operations in Zimbabwe. Widely travelled he has lived in 6 countries and speaks 4 languages, working for several international companies, along with IBM and United Nations. He has been resident in the South of France for over 20 years and has served on the central committee of the British Association (Menton, Nice, Cannes & Var) linked with the British Consulate for over 15 years, providing help to British residents along the Riviera.

He is a member of the London Society of Authors and Chairman of SAFI, the South African International Association of the Riviera. Hugh is the great-great grandson, nephew and cousin to the last seven squires of Mitford, on the direct mainline of the Mitford family of Mitford, Northumberland since 1042.

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