... tales of woe

Daytripper is a good site for info but you have to search for it, l found. One particular section is short accounts of tales of woe (scroll down to 'Your experiences')

Reading them makes me ashamed of my own country. But here's the thing ... we are allowing them to do it. There is very rarely any record of the stop by HMRC, it is only the word of the harassed shopper against HMRC.

ln this day and age of technology, this need not be so. There are numerous recording devices on the open market ... and not only audio but video as well. Prices are more than reasonable and a good device can be purchased for under £20. They come in all forms ... pens, keyfobs, sunglasses and such. lt's about time that shoppers started to use them. Post the videos on youtube etc or the audio on blogs.Let the world really see what is going on.

We certainly can't depend on investigative journalism, in fact l wonder if it actually exists anymore. So people, let's 'accidentally' record these HMRC Officers that think it's perfectly ok to rob legitimate UK Shoppers by any means they can.

Time for action, folks!


  1. Damn I wish I had a passport. A member of F2C forum, Visigoth, goes abroad for his tobacco requirements and always has some tale of woe or another regarding the border Nazis. They must be held to account for thier discriminatory actions against smokers, damn it.

  2. l am shortly to take some WW2 veterans to Normandy and the surrounding area. They are being funded by Heroes Return

    l am donating my time and vehicle freely. l hope they wish to personally purchase some tobacco to bring back to the UK. l've never ran the Calais - Dover gauntlet before so it should be interesting. Of course many years ago, the WW2 veterans have ... although the enemy were on French soil then, not here.

  3. Thanks Big Yin for the intro
    I (The Visigoth) have been taking groups to Europe for 40+ years and I lived behind the
    Berlin Wall for a year. In the last 2 years I have been stopped more than the previous 44
    including the VolksPolizei (DDR)put together
    There is no law in the UK or Eu broken by an
    EU citizen for carrying ANY amount of duty
    paid tobacco...NONE,,REPEAT,,,NONE.
    The customs officials have only one tool
    straight out of the Soviet Handbook,,FEAR.
    Spread the fear and worry amongst law abiding citizens and anxiety will do the rest.

    HMCR are litte more than overpaid stooges and Judases

    PS I have never had anything siezed but I have been stopped even with a small cabin bag

    They try to trap you into telling a lie about
    your travel plans and then use that as justification for "witholding" your purchases
    The very rarely stop regular EU visitors ,
    they dare,nt. Ever wondered why?

    Warning UK Customs on French Soil at Calais

    Very good at finding Fags ,piss poor at finding Somalis and Afghans

    The Visigoth
    West Pennine Gulag

  4. Visigoth You have to have British passports to be pulled in Dover.


"In the eyes of the Tribunal the review letter contained several preconceptions, prejudgments and non-sequiturs"

"the absurdity of this reason is demonstrated by simply stating it"

"We therefore find that Mr Sked misdirected himself as to the Policy in carrying out the review and his decision is therefore one that no reasonable review officer could have arrived at."

... commonly known here at N2D as 'Skeds' ... that is to say these are Judges comments regarding UKBA Review Officer Ian Sked's reasons for rejecting peoples appeals against seizures.

Comments are now moderated to keep out spam and those with malicious intent. The author of this blog is not liable for the content of any comments ... period!