Chaos at Christmas

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Luton Airport - we know it won't be this empty but why scare us by exaggerating?

Luton Airport – we know it won’t be this empty but why scare us by exaggerating?

How many times will you here the media use a phrase like this over the next week?

I am heartily sick of the media insisting that roads and airports will be chaotic starting today as millions plan to leave for Christmas breaks.

Why do they do it?

It’s simple. Threatening us with stories of delays lasting hours, tens of thousands cramming through airports, roads with bumper-to-bumper traffic and railway stations awash with seas of people makes us nervous so we watch more to see whether it will affect us.

It’s never a story like “traffic will be heavier than usual.” It’s “chaotic travel will ruin thousands of holiday plans,” and “leave 24 hours earlier than you need do to get through airport security to catch your flight.”

How gullible can we be?

and we know Crewe station will be busy so why remind us?

and we know Crewe station will be busy so why remind us?

We know the will need more time. We know we may be in a traffic jam or sardined against some smelly armpit on a train. It happens.

It is the same year after year. It’s bound to be busy and as soon as the kids are let out of school today, the traffic will build up. It’s nothing new. It has been like it for decades. Just like the TV bulletins. In fact they could dust off what they said ten years ago and twenty years ago. Maybe they are. The scripts stay the same but “new” presenters tell you about it.

It’s a great way to begin the ruination of Christmas.

And we just don’t need it. It puts a damper right at the beginning of the festivities. Why can’t they just say something like, “It’s Christmas time. You know what the means. More traffic, busy airports and rail stations but what does it matter? But won’t it be great when you arrive. Just enjoy Christmas.”

They don’t tell us in September that the shops are getting busy and to stagger shopping hours. They don’t say don’t shop unless you have to. They don’t say don’t go out on Saturdays in December or on Christmas Eve to the shops yet they seem to me to be just as busy and even more annoying. When you are travelling you know where you are going. When you are shopping, you may not.

Roads around Gatwick will be busier than this. We know; we know!

Roads around Gatwick will be busier than this. We know; we know!

We don’t have warnings at election time, that our TV screens will be filled with egocentric politicians, that news bulletins could depress you or that you should stay away from anywhere where humans other than friends might be until these invaders disappear for five years!

No, the media reserves it for Christmas, Easter and our revered holiday times.

So my new year’s resolution – to be acted on now – is to miss all media news coverage until January.

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