Monday, January 17, 2011

If it's Monday, then it must be time for another Spring Bank Holiday

Bethan Jenkins AM has written to the Prime Minister, urging him to give people in Wales the choice to pick and mix their Bank Holidays:
The Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West is arguing that while many people will want to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, many more have no interest in the royal family and would instead prefer to take March 1 off, particularly as it has been the focus of a campaign in Wales for several years now.
So, "many more" would want to take 1st March off rather than April 29th and Bethan has the statistics to prove it.....

Leaving those "statistics" quietly to the side, in the letter to David Cameron, Bethan says:

While I respect the fact that many people across the UK will want to mark the wedding, I would ask you to consider that those people who will not want to mark the wedding, or who are republicans for various reasons, can be allowed to instead take a bank holiday on St David’s Day, the day that we mark our patron saint here in Wales?

“Research has shown that many Welsh local authorities would like to allow their staff the day off on March 1, but current legislation makes it difficult to do so, given that St David’s Day is not an official bank holiday. I believe this suggestion would offer a compromise, and allow those in Wales to decide on which day they wish to take their bank holiday.”
So, if I understand her correctly, people in Wales should be given the choice of which date they want their Bank Holiday on?

So let's, for the sake of argument, assume she is correct and say that the breakdown on the 1st March- 29 April question is 60-40; on 1st March we will have 40% of the public sector attempting to serve the public and on the latter date 60%? Apparently so:
 I’m not asking for an additional day off – I’m asking the Prime Minister to let people in Wales have the choice.
In practical terms, you are asking for another day off then, which theoretically (even as someone self-employed and thus paying with my taxes the salary of those who would gain most from that extra day off) I wouldn't have a problem with. I do have a problem though with lazy politicians who rely on populist and nonsensical soundbytes, rather than concentrating on the correct way to achieve their object, ie  that "difficult" "current legislation".


Anonymous said...

A bank holiday on St David's Day has been the policy of the Welsh Conservatives since 1999. In the absence of its inclusion in the coalition agreement Bethan Jenkins is just giving the Tories a little prod.

O'Neill said...

I am guessing though she would like it on an annual and not a just one-off basis.

Seymour Major said...

What about 23rd April (St. George's day) as a bank holiday for the English?

If the Welsh Nationalists would then put on some dragon suits and allow themselves to be squirted with water canons, it might make the festival all the more enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

Best to abolish New Year's Day and the May Day holiday which are both far to close to other holidays. It would boost national productivity too.

Just joking or maybe not...

Anonymous said...

Very droll, Seymour Major. It's strange but the English just can't seem to celebrate Englishness unless it involves denigrating someone else.

O'Neill said...

Anonymous@January 17, 2011 9:26 PM

No need to abolish them, just give people the choice, 25/12 or 1/1.