The old-style British passport. The Home Office said no decision had been made about the colour of the passport under the new contract [Image: C Squared Studios/Getty Images].

Here’s more contradictory, cash-wasting Tory bigotry and stupidity for you.

Some damn fools have called for the UK passport to be redesigned back to the old blue model from its current EU-style burgundy (not pink!) version when Brexit happens in 2019.

But the cost is £490 million – many times more than will be “saved” (a very poor choice of words by Conservative politicians) by depriving people aged 18-21 of Housing Benefit.

The HB cut for unemployed 18-21-year-olds will save just £25 million in the first year, rising to £40 million by 2020 – totalling less than one-fifth of the cost of the proposed passport change.

Here’s The Guardian on this story:

The UK passport could turn dark blue again after Brexit under a £490m contract to redesign and produce a new version of the document.

The passport is routinely redesigned every five years and Eurosceptics view the new contract as a way to ditch the EU burgundy cover in favour of a return to the colour of the past.

The current contract expires in 2019, the year the UK is set to leave the European Union after Theresa May began the formal two-year withdrawal process last week.

And here are a few different perspectives, courtesy of our old friend, Twitter:

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