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Airline Exodus

With re*tricti*ns being lifted in many parts of the continent and with the UK having extending the re*tricti*ns for another four weeks, easyjet have started moving their jets from airports here in the UK to Germany in an effort to cope with the rising demand for trips by Europeans. Other airlines are taking similar action as they make sound business moves to keep their airlines airborne.

The PM and his cabinet came to a decision to keep us in limbo for a further four weeks, the delayed decision to implement travel bans from India earlier to halt the D v*ri*nt from taking hold in the UK, was in my opinion a grave mistake. It is the travel industry that is now going to have to pay the price for this indecision. Many people have lost their jobs in this sector and this extension is another big blow with the knock on affect rippling through the country.

There seems to be an air of indecision and over cautiousness by the government when facing these decisions. It does seem that they are only focusing on the scientific data that their so called "experts" are giving them. There should be involvement by other epidemiologists and other medical specialists and industry bosses to determine the safety aspects of their particular sector and how they can open up. Four weeks is a long time in business and may be too late for many.

An article in the Independant yesterday a spokesperson for easyjet said "We are seeing European governments progressively opening up using frameworks in place which enable travel and much of it r*stricti*n free."

They continued "This relaxation and removal of r*stricti*ns has sparked a positive booking momentum across Europe with the majority of our bookings showing a strong swing towards Europe - when in normal times it would be a 50/50 split with the UK." *

*source the Independant online.

With his promise to build back better and the same three words being the governments mantra, how and most importantly when are they going to build back better within the travel industry and others to keep people employed and the economy moving?

A government must create the economic environment for businesses to succeed and grow, not slowly strangle it when it is already on the floor. There is no business confidence coming from government policy at the moment and big business is losing the little confidence it originally had with this government.

Build back better are just words and words alone.

No company would put their reputation on the line when it comes to its customers safety. They will instead put measures in place that will keep their customers safe, just like essential retailers did at the height of the crisis. Instead of the government trying to solve everything, let business leaders do what they do best and drive their business, the economy and create jobs by opening their companies up to trade.

Ronald Reagan said "We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity, and ultimately human fulfillment are created from the bottom up, not government down."

His observation is exactly right and continued meddling and delay from Ministers will ultimately drive business away from the UK when in this post Brexit time we are meant to be growing the economy. Its no good advertising your goods for sale if you keep the shop door locked.

Time to let business take the driving seat Boris, enough meddling and tinkering. Time to unleash the power of the market and set prosperity free.

Glenville Gogerly - Libertarian Party Chairman.