Tea and Brexit
August 26, 2016
By the time you read this we will all know whether we are IN or OUT. The votes have been cast and counted to decide whether we in the UK should be forever shackled to the federalists Great Euro Experiment or cast adrift to fend for ourselves and possibly sink without trace!
For we travellers and the hospitality travel industry in general, I have pondered as to whether or not it makes any real difference. I mean currently we still have to use our passports to get in and out regardless of where we are going. We still have to change money and we still have to drive on the wrong side of the road once we leave the UK.
No-one in Europe knows how to make tea properly, and will likely never do so, nor do they understand that breakfast bacon isn’t the cheap cut, thinly sliced and deep fried to a cinder. We currently are not force-fed baguettes, Rioja and German Wurst and we can still count our journeys in miles and buy beer by the pint.
So if, as you read this, any of the above has actually changed as a result of the vote, then I wonder really what it was all about.
Hospitality in travel is driven largely by economics, trend and demand. The UK Government in its infinite stupidity will continue to over-tax airline tickets and prioritise a new railway line to Who-Knows-Where in Scotland over a third runway at Heathrow.
So all in all whether we are In or Out makes pretty much no difference. If we are still In then my advice is to carry on as usual. Because nothing has actually happened other than we have all lost a couple of hours popping down to the village hall. If we are heading Out, then my advice is to get that plumbing job you have been putting off done as soon as you can. If you are planning travel or, if you are a provider, planning to upgrade or refine your travel product, I can’t imagine that the current status will have affected you at all.
As soon as it is over, then all eyes will be on another election elsewhere which may indeed have profound effects on our industry and maybe also for many of us personally. Depending on the outcome it could be especially positive if you are a construction company anywhere within 20 miles of the Mexican border, or rather negative if you are planning on visiting your family for the Eide festival celebrations.
So whilst the In/Out frenzy may have subsided, be thankful. If we were faced with the same choice as our Cousins over the pond, it would be between Lord Sugar and Cherie Blair as Prime Minister!
By Jeremy Clark.