My brother and I we used to spend part of the summer holidays with my cousins in Newcastle, in the north of England. My Aunt Mary was taking us to Whitley Bay. In an icy sea we took off our shoes to search winkles (periwinkles) on the rocks. As tiny snails, they were especially delicious to me then, perhaps because we had personally collected them.
Boris Johnson would surely like the British population to rediscover such corners of the island this year with nails staycations, giving an injection to a burdened economy. The UK will have losses of close to a trillion until 2025, the National Institute for Economic and Social Research said on Monday. The island suffers more than many rich countries from the “inadequate management of Covid-19” by the government and the effects of Brexit, he said.
However a patriotic holiday attracts little to a nation accustomed since the late 1970s to warmer climates. You have to be honest: this weekend there is rain forecast in Whitley Bay and the maximum temperature has been just 13 degrees. Imagine what it is like to wake up one of those gray days, turn on the radio and hear how the premier is being investigated for a vacation in the Caribbean, allegedly received from a donor to the Conservative Party worth 17,000 euros in the new year of 2020.
My compatriots are eager to “fly into the summer”: that is, a hotel with a swimming pool and a beach bordered by the Mediterranean.
My compatriots are eager to “fly into the summer”: that is, a hotel with a swimming pool and a beach bordered by the Mediterranean, and the Spanish government knows it. On Wednesday he revealed his campaign to win back foreign tourists, led in 2019 by 18 million Britons. The ads include actual videos of the stresses of confined life – video conferences interrupted by children, attempts to get fit in small spaces, etc. – that contrast with images of travelers relaxing on beaches, walking through forests, doing the Camino de Santiago or admiring an avant-garde dish. “Need a holiday?” he wonders. The answer: “You deserve Spain!”
Presenting the campaign to the media, the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, told us that they are talking to the British government, doing everything possible so that Spain, or at least one of its regions, enter the green list as a safe destination in the coming weeks. His optimistic message that the Johnson government will take account of the downward trend in Covid cases was somewhat diluted by the political disagreement between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President of the Community of Madrid.
If Spain stays on the amber list, a couple with two children over twelve years old would have to pay about a thousand euros in PCRs and ask for ten more days of vacation from their company to quarantine when they return from their trip. The prospect of this type of post-vacation stress You can make ice cream in Geordieland, with the cold wind blowing through Whitley Bay, have its appeal again.