UK’s non-elected PM Gordon Brown & Nigerian Bomber – Allies against Travel? Who benefits from the Death of Flying?

Northwestern Firecracker of 2009: Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

Northwestern Firecracker of 2009: Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

The passengers are given small doses of adrenaline to revive them from the tranquilisers they endured while sailing unclad for the last few days. Crew members silently and noncommittally observe the travellers resuming clothes after their manacled sleep…’

It sounds like science fiction, but may well be the norm as Britain’s Green Tax attacks jets’ emissions in a weird direction in conjunction with the Nigerian idiot on board the Northwest flight inbound for Detroit unleashing what was initially suspected as firecrackers, rather? A lesser form of dynamite. Perhaps air travel will give way to a re-dominance of seafaring days.

Inter-Stellar Cruising of the 23rd Century a la Luc "Taken' Besson

Inter-Stellar Cruising of the 23rd Century a la Luc "Taken' Besson

In Luc Besson’s film The Fifth Element, 23rd Century space-travel was equated with both seafaring and doping guests and slotting them in what amounted to temporary coffins until they were close to their destination…

This as American Flight authorities are contemplating the banning of carry-on luggage and no pillows nor blankets as any plane is in its final hour of landing – God forbid a passenger has bladder or bowel problems, especially under stress! Have England’s Labour regime & Nigeria’s terrorist splinters unwittingly created an unholy alliance to sound the knell for the death of Travel As We Know It?

Whether it is a temporary paranoia or a lasting suspicion, can anyone benefit from the aversion to transport humans? Believe it or not what is immediately apparent is that UTT (T’dad & Tobago), the University of West Indies, St George’s Uni and the University of Guyana may now be considered the best option for the next generation of tertiary level Caribbean pupils since McGill, Juillard, Oxford, Berkley, Cambridge and Yale are not necessarily pricey but travel restrictions may be so draconian it is better to ‘keep it in the family,’ so to speak.

The West Indies itself may finally develop IT to a point of supremacy comparable to India and Ireland, maybe we can’t leave the archipelago – but we can export software and similar services for significant profits.

Which hearkens to Professor Emeritus Avinash Persaud’s belief that E-Commerce is one of the main ways for the Caribbean to snap itself out of their current monetary doldrums.

At the moment it appears to be safer to transfer goods and products than unpredictable human elements, yet I got this intriguing response on Gordon Brown’s so-called initiative via Instant Messenger not too long ago;-

…while I dont agree with that tax and its method of implementation is unfair, let us not forget that Barbados has a departure tax, which was significantly increased 18 mths ago, the cost of a driving permit for a visitor was increased from $10 to $100.

"I dont think Gordon Brown will relent lets just hope that when the British Government changes in the next few months some of the former government policies go with them."
“I dont think Gordon Brown will relent lets just hope that when the British Government changes in the next few months some of the former government policies go with them.”

“If Government is so concerned that the taxation is hurting tourism, why dont they drop the departure tax for tourists and re-instate the $10 visitor permit fee? Answer, because they need the money generated by those taxes, in the same way the British Government will say they need the money accrued from the Green Tax!

I could also point out that import duty paid by local rum exporters here, into the UK, is not as high has the import duty the government here charges to import spirits into the island, hence “premium” spirits are not competing on a level playing field. I visited Bequia last Easter and Mount Gay rum was cheaper in the supermarket there than it is here! Why? Taxes.

People have to realise every country in the world has to generate income from taxation, and just because another country puts on a tax which affects you, you have to ask do your taxes affect other nations, and clearly the answer is yes, I dont think Gordon Brown will relent lets just hope that when the British Government changes in the next few months some of the former government policies go with them. BUT dont take issue if, at the same time, that new British government may petition us here to reduce departure tax etc. You can’t have it both ways!

Some things are immediately clear, the Fair Trading Commission and NISE: Nat’l Initiative on Service Excellence can no longer be in the background and pussyfooting so as to avoid irritating whoever occupies Bay Street Headquarters. They must DEMAND all businesses (both Public & Private sector) across the island be Service-Compliant and not do the usual buffoonery some are accustomed to getting away with!

Barbados has to be known as a place you look forward to trade with or to have Rest n’Relaxation at, since the staff here make you wish your vacation or contract was longer so as to enjoy the ‘pampering‘ that must be come to viewed as the Barbados Way…

NISE & FTC have to set about with other groups like BHTA and Chamber of Commerce to make employees realise that going an extra mile for a customer is not subservience or being weak, rather it is ensuring repeat customers or maintaining vital clientele now made more rare due to renewed travel restrictions!

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