The Persecution of Parents by Government Forcing Parents to Pay Excessive Prices for Holidays

I am going away for a week in Spain shortly. The cost is twice what it would be in April. In April, Spain is nice and warm, although there might be sudden downpours. Even in those downpour periods, it is warm. I have been there and experienced it. The rain peppers down, pours off the bar canopies and floods the streets. But you can sit under the bar canopies quite warm and comfortable and marvel at the wonder of the downpour – the cleaning nature of it. It washes all the shit and detritus away.

It is not just the cost of the holiday. It has been apparent for decades that exchange rates change to the detriment of British holidaymakers since WW2. I remember very clearly the rate of exchange of pesetas to pounds falling dramatically in summer. It was obviously a scam. For example, if the median was, say, 200 pesetas to the pound in April, the rate rose in winter to, say, 250, and fell in summer to, say, 170. As a Bank Official, I noticed that tendency year after year. There seemed to be no economic reason for the variations in exchange rates. You just got less pesetas for your pound in summer than you did in winter.

A couple of years ago, The UK Gov passed a law which insisted that parents must present their children at school, whether they wanted to or not, on the pain of fines and criminal records. I might have exaggerated about the criminal records, but I have no doubt that their misbehaviour would be noted down somewhere. Parent were not permitted to take their children on holiday to sunny climes during term-time.

The result has been that only the wealthiest parents can afford a holiday in the sun for the children. My week-long trip has cost me £1000. Imagine two parents and two children, and you are talking about £2500 or thereabouts. The same trip for that family would probably cost around £1500, or less, in April.

The excuse for the draconian demands of parents is that children might fall behind, but such children could easily be ill. Children are often ill. They might easily miss school for a few days. It happens all the time. The ‘learning curve’ of primary school children is not linear. The curve varies and jumps about for each individual child. Only AVERAGES vary linearly.

There is no real justification for persecuting parents who take their children on holiday for a week in term-time. The only REAL effect is that attendances are affected a bit.

There is a tendency for Government to punish minorities. That applies to parents who take their children to sunny climes when the costs are reasonable. It also applies to any and every minority. And, when it comes to buying Euros in summer, it applies to the majority.

Is it not weird that our Elected Representatives cannot smell the stink of corruption?




7 Responses to “The Persecution of Parents by Government Forcing Parents to Pay Excessive Prices for Holidays”

  1. elenamitchell Says:

    You have just about said it all. Everything goes up during school holidays, including Easter and Half Terms, although why it should at Easter rather defies the good weather argument.
    They simply have a captive audience of families with children who don’t want to break the law.
    Even Ferry Fares rocket during these times.

    Not sure if it is corrupt, but it is certainly grossly unfair.

  2. Samuel Says:

    Schools cost the same no matter how they get the money. When the State takes the money in taxes it has at least a semblance of obligation to provide something (an education for the kiddies?) in return and a politically motivated incentive to give an account for the spending. If the State cannot point to legions of geniuses exiting the schools, heads packed silly with all that State mandated learning, it can at least show the prostrate taxpayers the exact number of dunces entering. Thus, the State needs to force the parents to bring their children to the schools and inflict penalties if they don’t.

    If, however, the schools got their money directly from the parents then the parents would be in control of the schools, the teachers and the education. If, then, parents wanted to skip out in March or April and take the kiddies with them there would be no possibility of any penalty any more than a gym would try to punish a member for not showing up to lift weights or run on a treadmill.

    The problem, here, is as it has always been. The State has stuck its knobbly feet into the door and then proceeded to drag the rest of its repulsive form in after and taken the schools, the businesses and the children and everything else into its sickening embrace and made slaves and prisoners of everyone. The solution is to kick the State back to the gutter where it belongs.

    • junican Says:

      I do not disagree in principle. It one thing for the State to provide education, but it is a different thing for the State toforce education down people’s throats.

  3. Timothy Goodacre Says:

    Rubbish ! This ia all about selfish parents. During school time children should be in school being educated. When my children were in school i took them on holiday during the school holidays. Either you value education or you don’t. Sadly many parents don’t.

  4. junican Says:

    Tim! Tim! No need to shout!
    Your logic is a bit iffy. Two weeks holiday at Xmas, two weeks at Easter, six or seven weeks in Summer, plus half-terms. Your logic suggests that those holidays should be curtailed to around 30 days per year, just like adult work holidays.
    What I was talking about was the use of FORCE. Parents are FORCED to comply. And the use of FORCE means that they are obliged to pay premium rates. That applies just as much at home as abroad. I should imagine that there are many families which cannot afford to go away for a week at all due to the costs.
    I just think that it is sad that parents have everything stacked up against them BY FORCE.

    • Timothy Goodacre Says:

      Its just part of being a responsible parent and the logic isnt iffy.

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