And we have another nanny state decision made by this Government… FFS when are these people going to realise that the average Joe Soap in the street doesn’t have an endless pit of money, or their wife is not an heiress and they have not just had a £11,000+ pay rise.
Today a family have been taken to court because they took their children on holiday… yes their crime was to take their children to Rhodes for a week at the end of September 2013.
Today they appeared in Court and were ordered to pay £993 in fines and costs.. yes if they had paid the original £360 for breaking the rules, it would have been cheaper..
But come on how the hell do they warrant a £360 fine? You park on a double yellow you get £60 fixed penalty and it is halved if paid within 14 days.
You get a fixed penalty speeding fine and it is nowhere near as expensive as not sending your child to school.
Now let us take a look around our work places.. how many of your colleagues have children that are at school?.. Are companies going to be in a position to allow the vast majority of their workforce to take a couple of weeks during the Summer Holidays in order so that parents don’t break the rules?
And what about all those men and women in the forces… are the Forces going to allow their service people who have a family with children at school to come off of manoeuvres or active duty so that they can go on holiday as a family during the summer holidays.
And don’t tell me the schools have other holidays where children can go on holiday.. well the Christmas period alone in England was not the perfect holiday weather was it? Not ideal for a candy floss and ice-cream playing on the beach in Brighton.. FFS..
Mr Sutherland, told the BBC:
… it was his first family holiday for five years because his job as a Ministry of Defence (MoD) guard had prevented him from taking annual leave during the school holidays.
He works 12-hour day and night shifts at MoD Donnington in Telford.
I really can’t see why this rule has been imposed.. to allow families to have 10 days annual leave within a school term is in my opinion… warranted.
Here are some more examples:
Now if travel firms know that family holidays with children at school are only going to be taken during school holidays.. well they know damn well they only way to make their money would be to up their prices..
So, if this Government wants to bring in something like this.. how about making it illegal for holiday firms to increase their prices during the school holidays.
Failing that how about a national shut-down during August.. oh can’t do that because all those that work in the travel industry will be on friggin holiday.
And if anyone believes that taking a child out of school for a two-week holiday is going to turn them into some backward student who will never catch up.. then they are seriously deluded.