The UK government is spending rather a lot of the UK taxpayer’s cash on an ad campaign aimed at encouraging all of us UK citizens to spend our holidays at home in the UK for 2012. There are some well-known faces involved like Stephen Fry, Julie Walters and Rupert Grint plugging art and culture and events like HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. So far so good and then they went and mentioned the 2012 Olympics!.
Personally I don’t do sport, the very notion of all these people running about and throwing stuff for most of August fills me with dread, and don’t get me started on the chaos that the games will cause for anyone on this side of London when they try to get to work or the amount of money the UK tax payer will have to cough up to pay for this huge vanity project.
The commercial makes a big deal of not needing passports, visas or Euros and the inconvenience of getting up early to catch flights for holidays abroad. That’s all very well, but the last time we took our major summer holiday in Britain we spent two days driving to the West Country where we got consistently rained on for much of the week.
We spent a fortune on visiting great places like the Eden Centre and the Bodmin and Wenford Railway,
where it bucketed down, and got so soaked in Padstow just trying to get to the car, that we might just as well have jumped in the harbour, and then caught in a howling storm at Land’s End.
To top all that it wasn’t cheap either. On top of hiring the cottage there was petrol, food and admission fees for places when the weather was too bad to enjoy the seaside. And then there was all the work like driving, shopping, cooking and clearing up after ourselves. Now I’m not saying that we didn’t have a good time because we did, particularly when we watched David Cameron on the TV enjoying the same grim weather on his smug PR eco Britain break in Devon, however if I’m going to make a big investment in a summer holiday I’d rather be able to enjoy this.
than endure weather this
I’m not saying that Britain can’t be beautiful or knocking our culture or heritage, but I won’t be told by the government through a bunch of luvies to spend my holidays here and especially not to support an event that I’m not in the least bit interested in.