We can’t enjoy ourselves like we used to
THE end of Woodchurch Wings & Things, at least in the short term, is a crying shame. It was a well organised event, beloved by aviation fans and families alike. But rising costs and the build-up of red tape means that we just can’t enjoy ourselves like we used to do. It’s wrong to think that everything in the past was better, but some things were superior, thanks to simplicity and the absence of monetary concerns. Those concerned with health and safety will undoubtedly tell us that we were running huge risks that we just didn’t realise. Maybe, but things seemed to be mostly OK. If you go looking for problems, you can usually find them. Then you can jump up and down, make a palaver, demand safeguards and invoke restrictive and financially painful rules. Of course, the best way to make sure absolutely everything and everyone is safe is not to hold the event in the first place. Job done. Some safeguards are not brought in for our benefit. They are a direct result of companies’ fears of being sued. They are response to the alacrity of the law, that’s all. Before long there won’t be anywhere left for some wealthy lawyers to go on their days out.