Besides, it’s not just Italy, as the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph has pointed out: “‘Air bridge’ plan to save holidays abroad … Quarantine-free travel will depend on virus status of countries including France and Spain”. Yay rich hacks and pundits! Spain back on! Gites in Provence! We can keep lording it over Johnny Foreigner! Just order up a few dozen face coverings and wait for Michael O’Leary to fire his planes back up!hang on a minute, it’s the spiv. “Grant Shapps told MPs the government should consider allowing travel between the UK and countries with an R-number - a key measure of transmission - below one to try to boost confidence in aviation travel” told the Guardian. And there was more.
“During transport questions in the Commons on Monday, Shapps said consideration should be given to relaxations for countries with low rates of infection. Shapps said: ‘It is the case we should indeed consider further improvements for example things like air bridges enabling people from other areas, other countries, who have themselves achieved lower levels of coronavirus infection to come to the country, so those are active discussions that go beyond what will initially be a blanket situation.’”
Michael Green and Sebastian Fox are unanimous on this one
Which should come as no surprise, given the track record of the politician pitching it. And what both the Times and Telegraph seem to have missed in all the excitement is that “low risk” countries might not include the one with the world’s second-highest Coronavirus death toll - that would be the UK - and that all those other countries have to be prepared to let holidaymakers from the UK in first. Gaby Hinsliff was not convinced of that.
Once again, the press plays Ron Hopeful with zero evidence to back it up. Same old.