We can’t en­joy our­selves like we used to

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Michael DeFroand

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.

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