Try getting a British passport renewal on Friday afternoon in England for the next Monday! Then you'll really understand what real beaurocracy is. In England we are all subject to the same sort of rules as Sami experienced. So we apply at least a month in advance! It's easy to be paranoid and assume the worst. Depends on where your opinion sets come from.
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from the article: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi talk Jerusalem, recipes and passports