Shop till you drop?

by Pseud O'Nym

It was prophetic that LMS has, for part of her online school lessons, been reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ by some bloke whose name no-one can ever remember, these last few days. I write prophetic, but in the light of an announcement by the government yesterday, ought that have been profitic?

According to the BBC

Covid: Shops in England can open 24 hours a day over Christmas

Shops in England will be allowed to stay open for 24 hours a day in the run-up to Christmas and in January, the housing secretary has said.

Local authorities will be able to temporarily waive the rules restricting retail opening hours.

Of course the Beeb found time to get a reaction from the British Retial Consortium, who welcomed the move. What a shock that was! They also found the time to get the views from someone from UK Hospitality who complained that their industry was something and needed more government support.

Sadly a lack of time prevented them from getting the views of the Trade Unions Congress or any organisation that represents the views of the workers. You know, the workers that’ll actually enable the shoppers to shop.

‘What did you get for Christmas, Dave?’ ‘Time and a half’

Scrooge would’ve been so proud.