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22 Feb, 6 tweets, 1 min read
My mate's mum in Germany sent her granddaughter a dress she made and some little presents. The cost for this is now £23.54 on the recipient's side alone. Just one of those small lovely things which now come wrapped in cost, bureaucracy and hassle.
As my friend pointed out, this speaks to one of the under-discussed elements of Brexit: the increase of general faff. A further injection of pointless, boring, costly admin into lives which already have way too much of it.
We typically speak of the business-threatening faff: entry and exit clearance, safety and security documentation, SPS checks. And obviously that's the most important stuff, because it is costing people their livelihoods.
But for many others, these forms are just a little additional burden of tiresome shite to complicate their already overstretched day. Taking something which was free and breezy and making it cumbersome and expensive.
Sometimes yes, you'll be able to wriggle out of the requirements, ie for gifts under a certain price. But even then, it's the introduction of form filling and tediousness to a space which had previously been cleansed of them.
As with so much else, one of the chief qualities of Brexit is just how unspeakably boring it is.

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Johnson has arguably the most compliant press of anyone I've ever seen in Downing Street. And it's still evidently not enough for him.
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I do get the frustration with that. Living with all this death as a direct product of government ineptitude. It makes my fucking blood boil. But then, that's one of the many reasons why I'd be a shit politician.
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Rewatching the decent X-Men films because of, you know, *that* TV show.
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