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Is the UK Travel Industry Acting Selfishly?

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After continuously badgering the government, 16 destinations have been put on the 'green' list, but travel bosses have said that it's not enough.

Should we be able to visit anywhere now just so that the travel industry can make a couple of bob?

I mean, so what if we put hundreds of thousands of people at risk of getting Covid whilst abroad and then bringing it back to the UK and infecting people here with the chance of them then getting seriously ill and maybe dying?

Surely, we can just class it as collateral damage so that the holiday firms can line their pockets? 🤨

BBC News - Covid: Green list expansion 'not enough', say travel bosses

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57606348

TheChimp
3 months ago
What do you think of this?
blacklabrador
blacklabrador3 months ago

It's a delicate balancing act between safety of UK citizens and trying to keep the travel industry afloat.

I don't like the sound of the idea being mooted of travellers not having to quarantine after visiting a Country on the Amber list.

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Aztec
Aztec3 months ago

Thou I agree with you to an extent, think your being very unfair to the holiday industry that employs millions of people worldwide and have had virtually no business for over 12 months now. Also the continued stop/start attitude and dithering of the government is really unhelpful to everyone.

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TheChimp
TheChimp
Original Poster
3 months ago

Aztec I'm just putting this topic out there to debate.

So you think that keeping millions of people around the world safe by not exposing them to Covid by not letting them travel very unfair just so the travel industry can make a few pounds by selling ridiculously expensive holidays? Are you of the opinion that everyone should be able to go where they want?

The stop/start 'attitude' can't really be helped as things are changing all the time.

I think that health should be put above everything else. And it's not just people who travel I'm talking about, they are putting other people in the UK at risk if they catch this crappy virus and bring it back. And all because they decided to go on a jolly.

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Aztec
Aztec3 months ago

TheChimp What was the vaccine all about then if we still have to endure these restrictions long term . Not just Covid affecting peoples health many other diseases including cancer care, Heart ops, transplants etc that have been put on hold or delayed due to Covid, how many people have died due to these delays? .We can't just hide in our houses forever at some point we have to get back to a vaguely normal life and that will include travel .

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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3 months ago

Aztec Ah, but now you're assuming that everyone who travels would have had both jabs.

What about people who refuse to get vaccinated? Would you allow them to travel as well?

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Aztec
Aztec3 months ago

TheChimp Good point, I suppose as long as the non vaccinated had all relevant negative tests yes I don't see why not as I don't feel you can discriminate against the vaccinated and non vaccinated really . I all for taking care and not being reckless but I also feel we need to get on with our lives and some countries that are on the Green list have far lower Covid rates than we do .

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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3 months ago

Aztec Where I live in SW Wales, the Covid rates are amongst the lowest in Europe, but we're still not allowed to travel to Amsterdam for the football. Whether it's a EU/Brexit thing, I don't know 🤔

As you say, things will have to go back to near normality soon, but I think that more of the population should be vaccinated first.

And I'm all up for Covid passports for access to anywhere in the UK including pubs/restaurants etc. If you don't get the jabs, you're not allowed in.

But then again, the government have decided that 140,000 will be allowed to watch the British Grand Prix, whether vaccinated or not. They're saying that this is a test event, but I see it as risky.

And then we've got Matt Hancock 🙄

BBC News - Health Secretary Matt Hancock admits breaking social distance guidance with aide

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57612441

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Gazz3
Gazz33 months ago

TheChimp Matt Hancock has now resigned

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TheChimp
TheChimp
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3 months ago

Gazz3 And so he should have too.

That Dominic Cummings should have been sacked earlier too. His brazzeness was unbelievable.

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Gazz3
Gazz33 months ago

TheChimp I agree 👍

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possy
possy3 months ago

I totally get the travel industry needs help etc I really do, but I do think it’s too soon to travel, atleast let everyone get vaccinated first then open travel up. It’s really bad in children with us at the moment, a lot of schools have been closed last week due to it. My opinion too soon sorry

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry3 months ago

It is a shame so many businesses are suffering but so are individuals. And what do the everyday person do find another job if they could. My daughter had to close her pub but she found other ways to make money. Have to think outside the box to survive these days.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana3 months ago

When you look at our trade deficit which has led to soo much public sector debt and our very poor NIIP rating (net international investment position) you can see car imports and holidays are a huge part of that deficit as such large purchases made by millions of people. The environmental damage of holidays and frequent car purchases is huge too. The government need to look as a priority about the UK finances and making holidays and car purchases more expensive through taxation so people make such purchases less frequently.

However you can't blame anyone whose livelihood depends on selling holidays from fighting their corner but really we need to reduce the level of holidays we take abroad.

Most people don't seem to realise that thousands of pounds of the tax revenue they pay each year is just going to service the interest on such debt. This is unsustainable in the long term and morally wrong that we live beyond our means and expect our children and grandchildren etc to pay our debts. I personally feel such debts should be illegal outside wars and major catastrophes.

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