I decided to delete my google account so that I could try and sort out the mess it has made of the e-mail address it has set as default. This was fine, download data and delete the account.
The plan was to then set up a fresh accout, using a different private e-mail. The process seems pretty simple here. Step 1 and 2 of the process went fine.
However step 3 posed a problem. My phone, while old is private and as Google really can’t be trusted with private information. Having already verified my e-mail address WHY do they want a phone number too ?
The bit about standard rates apply is also less than transparent, I have no idea how much I would be charged for this. The only thing I use this phone for is two factor codes.
I just stopped the process at this stage.
So it is goodbye and good riddance to google now too.