Even pre-all-that, airports and flying had become an ordeal to get through before the holiday fun starts. After a three-year break, I’d forgotten the degree to which air travel has become an exercise in queuing before you finally get on the plane. BA, it seems, are going for the nostalgia effect, not just by rebranding as BEA and BOAC (kids etc.). No, our beloved Downton class system is revived, alive and well: ‘We’ll be serving our EuroClub customers with a choice of meals and drinks from the bar. And we’ll be throwing EuroTrash, sorry Traveller customers a complimentary bottle of water and packet of crips’. About as classy as a cheap yet still ridiculously snotty golf club. At least you know where you stand with RyanAir.
“Britain is braced for a winter of strikes – yet a public backlash just hasn’t happened”
There’s a lot of support, I know, for the striking nurses/rail workers/posties/firemen et al. But you don’t have to go far to hear quite a bit of ‘you know some of them earn £40,000 a year not bad is it and they get great pensions don’t know what they’re complaining about there’s no money anyway’.