Sunday, 20 April 2014

Another Bank Holiday Washout?

Dear English Reader,

It's raining here in Worthing, heavily. What about where you are?

You could blame Mr Vince Cable. Or you could blame yourself.

Mr Vince Cable, our Minister for Business, Innovation [ha!] and Skills, is the man who draws up the list of dates on which employers are advised to shut out their workers - days which for some reason are known as "Public Holidays" but which would be better described nowadays as "Public Sector Holidays". Anyway, Mr Cable fixes the dates -though in the case of Easter it's true that he kow-tows to the advice of the Church of England's astrologers, who are very good at picking rainy days. After all, Easter is not meant to be a happy time, is it?

I did write a long Memo to Mr Cable about his appalling record picking Public Holiday dates - go to my Blog for 05 February 2011 to read it - but, of course, to no effect.

Or you could blame yourself, especially if you are a public sector worker. Why do you so stupidly go on insisting that we should stick with this nonsense of Public Holidays? Why not grow up and demand that you work out your own holiday dates, in conjunction with your employer, so that they suit you rather better? Or do you prefer cold wet rainy days and sitting in traffic jams?

If you want to read the full argument against "Public Holidays" try my Blog on Time Management from 25 September 2013.

If you want to go deeper into the subject, try 28 May 2011, 3 January 2012 and 6 April 2012. Something to do on a wet day.

And in case you think I am making it up, try Googling "Bank Holiday Washout"


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