'What is currently happening in the UK under the current May government reminds me of what happened 10 years ago when the Irish government – led by Bertie Ahern and
laterally Brian Cowen and Co. – literally drove Ireland off a cliff into an economic and social abyss', says David Collins, coo at Great National Hotels and Resorts Group
I had hoped that I wouldn’t see it happen again in my life-time but there you have it: history has a habit of repeating itself. Even recent history. Social chaos, economic uncertainty, rising inflation, falling wages, declining consumer demand, stalled investment .. all repercussions of when an ‘elite few’ act in their own self-interest.
This is what happened 10 years ago in Ireland and this is what is happening in Britain right now. The UK government is like a child trying to push a round peg into a square hole battling against the odds to force through the results of a deeply flawed and ill thought-out BREXIT referendum. A referendum which was pitched as means of addressing concerns about accelerating immigration, over-arching EU bureaucracy and nett UK budget contributions but which in truth was about David Cameron getting one over on the UKIP crowd – since defunct by the way – and protecting the Conservatives as the ‘go to’ party for SW1.
As regards the impact of all this on business and more specifically 2017, UK travel and tourism spend, it will come as no surprise that there has been, to put it mildly, a ‘slow-down’ in demand. More pointedly, the industry is facing an unmitigated disaster of a year which is likely to continue well into 2018 unless there is a seismic change within the political landscape.