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Bloody Bank Holidays

I am not absolutrely sure, but I think the Bank Holiday (and Sunday) trading rules for England, that feel like they were set before the War, have only recently been formally reviewed and retained.

Does anyone else find this unbelievable?  First: who reviewed them?  Who agreed to leave them unchanged? AND; most importantly, why?

I’ve always assumed that one of the main reasons for the Sunday and Bank Holiday Trading Laws was to protect workers from being exploited and to allow them to worship on a Sunday.  Surely to God (see what I did there) that’s no longer necessary in this day and age of Employment Law and in this multi-cultural, mainly secular state.

Are the Laws to protect the small business; the corner shop?  Surely a major key to success in commercial retailing is providing the customer with goods and/or services better than your competitors (if any).  Preventing competitors from trading altogether cannot benefit anyone in the long run.  OK, so some small convenience businesses may be overwhelmed by the big boys, but surely we have the guile to use other more direct (and probably more effective) controls via Planning etc. instead of this roundabout method.

Are all England’s neighbours wrong, or are they modern and enlightened?

I have an uncomfortable feeling that the Laws won’t change again the next time they’re reviewed, unless we’re more strident in our objection to them as they stand.

Rant over. (till August).

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