Taking a break from holidays
drop public holidays and simply let the average punter decide when to take the time off deserves a little more consideration than the unedifying vision of his bouncing buttocks on television.
Just as we all have the choice to turn away from the horror on screen, Seymour believes we live in a country where each of us should also be able to choose whether or not to recognise national and provincial holidays, including the proposal to honour Matariki.
He would keep just two holidays: Waitangi Day, ‘‘because that was the constitutional basis of the country’’; and Anzac Day, because ‘‘that’s when New Zealanders went and fought to make sure those freedoms were real’’.
The rest of the days, especially the holy ones that defined the term ‘‘holiday’’ in the first place, well, they’re just jive.
Although his claim that the Government’s allocation of holidays makes it a ‘‘fascist state’’ may be a step too far.
One aspect of Seymour’s idea needs a little work: He favours the dumping of the nine remaining public holidays, which include each provincial anniversary, leaving Anzac Day, Waitangi Day and annual leave as the only respite for weary workers.
We suggest that those nine days be retained but left up to the individual to use when and where they see fit.
That’s something with a good groove we could all move to.
It certainly has possibilities, even if other politicians give it a solid score of ‘0’.
Think of it – businesses would not need to pay penal rates for holidays that no longer exist, although they would still need to provide for an employee’s day off at some other time.
So workers give up a little money for the freedom to have time off when they want it.
No longer would we have to endure the absurd arguments about Easter trading hours: which businesses can stay open, for how long and what they can and cannot sell.
And those businesses would not be able to include surcharges for what, on any other day, would be the normal provision of services.
Also gone would be the deadly race to the bottom that the holiday traffic has become.
Seymour’s suggestion would remove the frustrating bottlenecks that contribute so much to holiday road tolls by spreading the load and, maybe, a little of the love.
On a lighter note, Easter eggs and hot cross buns could be available all year round and every day would be like Christmas, because, under Seymour’s plan, it very well could be.
Santa is about to get a whole lot busier.