Take a Break

We’ve entered into the UK’s bank holiday season, where this year it’s possible to translate nine day’s annual leave into an 18-day break. However, if you live in England or Wales, this is poor consolation for having the lowest number of public holidays (8) out of any country in the world other than Mexico (7).  The most recent proposal to extend this number comes from Pro-Brexit MP Nigel Evans, who has proposed a new ‘Independence Day’ bank holiday to be held on 23 June. However, the idea has been given short shrift, purportedly on account of the estimated £1bn cost to the economy. An alternative explanation may be a concern that, given the remaining strong feelings about Brexit, the new public holiday might draw parallels with the Bolivian holiday of ‘Tinku’, also called ‘Punch Your Neighbour Day’.