‘Ee bia gum, young Jim ‘opkins ‘as gone down t’ Coronation Street an’ come up wi’ summat clever:
Hayley: Aye, and we’d be clean out of green by the time we arrived.’Ave you not been watching the news, our Roy? They’ve just slapped a 10 per cent surcharge on all flights to New Zealand.
Roy: Is that in retaliation for the ‘aka?
Hayley: I don’t know. But I do know it spells disaster for the tourism industry in that recession-plagued land.
Roy: I shouldn’t think so, luv. They’re pretty resourceful in them parts. My guess is they’ll cum up with summat clever, like a
$250 discount voucher for bungee jumps and such.
The ODT also looks at the British flight tax:
Suspicion that the British tax is simply a healthy revenue earner for Mr Brown’s government is supported by the absence of much acknowledgement or incentive that some airlines are themselves doing a great deal to reduce carbon emissions. . .
Call me cynical if you will but a tax which isn’t about revenue gathering is oxymoronic.