No Tourists Please – this is Green Britain

I read that the UK government is proposing to price airfares so as to ration air travel to reduce carbon emissions.

Our experience is that they already practice a form of rationing for “tourists.”

Last year my best friend and I stopped in England on our way home from Italy. We were so looking forward to it as we have been to England twice before and we both, especially as we are historians, enjoy each and every “adventure.” It will be, alas, our last time.

I had already made all the arrangements and when I went to book the England leg of the trip, I was told that there would be a $585 +/- charge for coming into the country and staying. That charge was for both of us, but we were horrified that we were being charged to spend money in England, as that was what we were doing. And it was too late to change our hotels and airline tickets. Thus we were trapped.

It greatly limited our chances at exploring new areas as our funds were limited. Thus we spent two days in London and two days in York. The shopping we had planned to do was taken off our list, as were the bookstores and the restaurants. We purchased items from a deli and ate in our room. We walked everywhere and we were so disappointed that we would no longer be coming to England.

Yes, government control is a wonderful thing, but it is also a truly indiscriminate, destructive power.

Kind of like a hurricane or a tidal wave. It cannot be diverted and destroys everything in its way.

PW, Colleyville Texas

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