Over-50s rush to book holidays as vaccine boosts confidence
14/01/2021 | news | business | 964
Tui, the UK's largest tour operator, says 50% of bookings on their website are currently by over-50s.
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14/01/2021 11:20:15 25 21
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Too many idiots in the UK

Sigh
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14/01/2021 11:25:18 18 16
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Idiots for trying to boost the UK economy? Idiots for encouraging the recovery of an industry which has been badly affected by the pandemic? Idiots for using their experience to appreciate that a vaccine will only be really effective when more than 50% of the population is immune and booking holidays later in the year? In which case give me idiocy over arrogance any time.
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14/01/2021 11:21:03 22 24
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The older end of the population will lead us out of this mess. No doubt there will be posters who think booking holidays at the moment is stupid, but it is a sign of hope, and what have we got at the moment other than that?
It lifts my spirits to know others like myself still possess that.
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14/01/2021 11:45:40 5 6
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Of course the older end of the population won’t lead us out of this, they don’t work.
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14/01/2021 11:21:29 22 13
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Absolutely foolish selling these holidays, I hope they make them all take out extensive insurance.
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14/01/2021 11:21:59 18 14
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No harm in making a booking if the payment is secure. We have to start hoping for a more positive outlook in the summer.
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14/01/2021 11:44:13 6 3
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That's a big "if" considering how travellers struggled to get refunds last year.
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14/01/2021 11:23:18 17 24
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A divisive move by the older population. "we're alright now" while the rest of us try and rebuild the economy whilst home-schooling our children.

Seems poor taste to "book 5 holidays"...
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14/01/2021 11:25:26 16 7
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If they are taking 5 UK holidays surely they are doing their bit to rebuild the economy?
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14/01/2021 11:23:51 23 6
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Lies, put out by travel operators to soothe people into buying holiday trips.
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14/01/2021 13:38:49 4 0
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Hi dp. I work in travel as a data analyst. I had a look at this today. We have a seen a boost (like we do most Januarys) however it's most of mix change - less younger people booking so the percentage of over 50's is growing.

Interestingly our boost is also coming from people aged 50 - 60 (not pensioners).

The holidays are also being booked with long lead times (mainly early July).
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14/01/2021 11:23:55 21 5
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Too early to book. I’ll see how things are looking when we get to Easter.
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14/01/2021 14:45:59 1 0
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If things are going well they will likely be a lot more expensive by then.
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14/01/2021 11:24:56 5 4
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Good luck with early adopters curse.
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14/01/2021 11:25:10 78 30
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What kind of signal does this give the rest of the under 50's population who'll probably still be stuck indoors? How can they be asked to stick to one set of guidelines whilst the boomers are off on their Saga jollies!
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14/01/2021 11:43:07 77 3
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I have noticed that the definition of "Boomers" is becoming increasingly elastic. It originally referred to those born in the post-war baby boom of the late 40s.
Now it seems to mean anyone born before 1970!!
The baby boom did NOT last 25 years! In fact birth rate went down considerably in the 60s when the pill came in.
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14/01/2021 12:19:45 2 2
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Err. Two wrongs don't make a right! Just because these people may be reckless, it's not an absolution for anyone else.
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14/01/2021 12:27:31 7 1
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I'm in my 50's and it sure won't be me going...it will be months before I am offered the vaccine.
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14/01/2021 13:06:31 5 1
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No we aren't! I really am a boomer and I twice took Saga holidays solely because they got me to a destination I wanted to visit on very cheap terms, but I would never go on another. Too little space here to explain, but they seem to think if you're over 50 (their target market) you are ancient, senile, idiotic and obsessed by being "entertained" all the time and taken to see churches and the like.
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14/01/2021 14:05:00 4 0
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I am over 75, have been shielding since March, and am as fed up as anyone with not meeting family and friends. I have just had my first Jab but have no plans to relax my movements until late 2021. So please don't think all boomers are idiots.
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14/01/2021 14:27:49 1 1
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Why shouldn't they? They've earned the right more than us younger people. If they choose to put themselves at risk, so be it. You've got to go somehow, might as well enjoy the way out. You could shield for another two years and die in a car crash the week later. Nothing is guaranteed.
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14/01/2021 11:20:15 25 21
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Too many idiots in the UK

Sigh
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14/01/2021 11:25:18 18 16
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Idiots for trying to boost the UK economy? Idiots for encouraging the recovery of an industry which has been badly affected by the pandemic? Idiots for using their experience to appreciate that a vaccine will only be really effective when more than 50% of the population is immune and booking holidays later in the year? In which case give me idiocy over arrogance any time.
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14/01/2021 12:13:06 9 3
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Idiots to think with any degree of certainty that it will safe to travel this summer. For themselves and others.

And vaccination is not necessarily immunity.
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14/01/2021 12:48:22 3 3
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Gormless
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14/01/2021 11:25:25 61 43
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Young people have had their lives disproportionately devastated by a virus that by and large does not affect them, in order to protect the old. Who lets be honest haven't had to suffer the same financial uncertainty because A) they have houses B) pensions and C) have not had to look after children that are not in school. All the time calling young people who have had to carry on selfish.
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14/01/2021 11:27:49 44 17
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Younger people - financial uncertainty

Older people - life uncertainty

Disproportionate?
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14/01/2021 11:32:11 9 3
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There are idiots in every generation, I think you will find that by far most will not behave this way, The couple booking 5 are incredibly stupid exceptions.
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14/01/2021 11:39:32 11 5
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Selfish attitude borne out by your comment! We don’t all have houses, pensions and the freedom to enjoy holidays when we like.
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14/01/2021 12:12:27 4 8
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Don't be silly
Every generation has to make the best of what is put on them by circumstances and politicians.
Everyone has had a difficult year, whatever age.
I don't think you have any idea what hardships are.
Try post war rationing, 3-day weeks and inflation out of control.
You might get to be old one day then you can look back and think how lucky you really were.
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14/01/2021 12:14:08 4 9
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The younger generation as a whole have little respect for others - why should we for them? We are trying to clean up the environment for them but still they leave their litter everywhere - I don't believe they really care any more about environment than any previous generation.
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CJR
14/01/2021 12:15:14 2 4
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Yes but have irresponsible carried on spreading it, fresher week, parties,raves, shall I go on?
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14/01/2021 11:23:18 17 24
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A divisive move by the older population. "we're alright now" while the rest of us try and rebuild the economy whilst home-schooling our children.

Seems poor taste to "book 5 holidays"...
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14/01/2021 11:25:26 16 7
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If they are taking 5 UK holidays surely they are doing their bit to rebuild the economy?
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14/01/2021 11:42:58 3 6
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The comment was focussed around the 'loo-roll' behaviour. Buying up all the holiday slots while the rest of us work to survive. We've suffered to protect that age group, now they are skipping away while we are left damaged.
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14/01/2021 12:22:59 0 1
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A bit of it we can live without, but potentially damaging another part we depend upon for our life.
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14/01/2021 11:25:27 147 20
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Cant be sure whether this makes me angry, disappointed or glad that some recovery is taking place. It does stick in the throat a bit though when many who will not get a vax are being punished twice to largely save those who are now booking holidays even though most have not had the vax yet...does not sit right and may make younger compliance harder if they see others behaving differently
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14/01/2021 11:30:17 98 44
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My kids live at home, have barely seen their partners for best part of a year, no vaccine until the autumn, oldies out enjoying themselves, miniscule chance of serious illness, why would they now stay in?
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14/01/2021 12:17:24 14 3
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Although I agree with the sentiment (I am over 70 and WON'T be dashing off on any holidays this year), I wonder how many of the "outraged" correspondents were those who felt it quite acceptable to go to crowded beaches & beauty spots of fly off abroad last year despite the warnings and risks, but now are suffering from from the "how dare they" syndrome ?
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14/01/2021 12:28:23 13 3
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Indeed, I'm sort of glad to see that people are happy to travel, but it would sit uneasily if those who were vaccinated first had restrictions lifted first because the restrictions were explicitly for their benefit at the detriment of the young. Hopefully when this group is vaccinated, the restrictions will be removed from everyone as the overall risk will be dramatically reduced
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14/01/2021 13:56:20 1 0
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No point getting angry at old people for things that you are being told they may do in the future. This article/advert is just a mouthpiece for parts of the travel industry who are throwing out unverifiable statistics in an attempt to convince people to book with them.

Most old people are following the rules (as are most young people).
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14/01/2021 11:25:30 274 82
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Only complete IDIOTS would even think of booking a holiday!!! It's that same selfish don't give a stuff about anybody attitude that has resulted in the Covid mess the UK is in.
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14/01/2021 11:50:05 87 50
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They are not though, these are rebookings of last years cancelled ones which will no doubt be cancelled too!

Irresponsible journalists creating fake news!
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14/01/2021 11:50:20 5 4
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This assumes that the vaccination programme will be delivered on time.
So far less than 3 million doses in 5 weeks for the first four priority groups of 13 million each requiring two doses to be fully effective
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14/01/2021 11:56:03 25 1
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These are the Piers Morgan types who tell you to stay home and then they fly off to Antigua for some sun, trying to keep to hush.
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14/01/2021 11:57:53 13 5
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Hold up there executioner. Lets be clear, they haven't gone anywhere. This is the holiday equivalent of placing a bet online. Save your axe for when they have broken any rules as laid out by HM government.
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14/01/2021 12:05:17 18 6
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You're one of these people who are enjoying this and want to live in lockdown forever
Only complete IDIOTS would put a TORY government with JOHNSON into power ! BUT THEY DID ! Removed
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14/01/2021 13:17:27 7 5
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I AM NOT AN IDIOT thankyou. I merely booked a holiday in the hope that we might be able to go for the dates i booked it. Next, IDIOTS like you will be moaning that there are no holiday places left because everyone that had a holiday last year has dared to take the holiday they paid for this year. GROW UP PLEASE
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14/01/2021 13:40:11 3 0
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And that applies to staycations, days out, visits to beaches, parks, pubs (ha ha). And don't even think about meeting any friends or family anywhere either. You are just as likely to catch corona from your corner shop as from a holiday overseas.
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14/01/2021 13:52:30 1 1
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I agree. It's stuff like this that will keep us all in this mess for longer. I suspect it may take at least two years for us to approach anything like normality, and life may not be the same for a long time.
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14/01/2021 15:56:56 0 0
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The 'idiots' might become shrewd if everything gets back to normal by Summer. They would have bought at a cheaper price and they are not having to panic buy due to high demand.
Let's face it. When things get back to normal we will all need a holiday.
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14/01/2021 16:35:19 0 0
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You offensive oil.
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14/01/2021 17:18:48 0 0
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I've got 4 holidays booked to various foreign countries from May onward, personally I intend to live my life rather than lock myself away for ever more and succumb to the inevitable Cancer, Heart disease etc.

Bottom line is that we'll all die sometime so I'd rather enjoy myself while I can and if the health service are no longer overwhelmed then what's the rationale for keeping us all prisoner ?
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14/01/2021 11:25:56 56 24
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Nice advert for the tourism industry, but anyone booking holidays now deserves all they get.

This scam has already been pulled on last summer’s holidaymakers and university students.

Oh, and if old people are now going to go about their business, now it’s apparently safe for them to do so, stop moaning at youngsters doing likewise.
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14/01/2021 12:40:01 15 10
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This has noting to do with older people 'going about their business', more to do with them assuming that it will be safe to travel later on in the year.

It is the younger generation that is helping to spread this virus (not all, but a small number), you don't see the over 50s flouting the rules by going to raves and parties.
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14/01/2021 11:26:21 127 19
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Are the BBC paid to be the mouthpiece of the travel industry. TUI and the rest have done this periodically throughout Covid - releasing "news" stories that effectively are either adverts for their business or try to panic people into booking trips because of a sudden an "Unexpected Surge in Demand". In the meantime the consumer is left to take all the risk in terms of Covid / Cancellations etc.
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14/01/2021 11:49:00 79 23
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The BBC simply enjoy putting these non news stories on its website purely to get a reaction on the HYS page. Works every time.
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14/01/2021 11:56:50 0 2
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If somebody books a package holiday with a registered operator under the ATOL scheme, who actually foots the bill if the operator goes bust? Is it the taxpayer?
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14/01/2021 12:00:27 3 2
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I am in aviation and less flying hours means less revenue and job security but holidays should be last on the list until there is genuine coverage against the virus. It should be controlled air freight and essential service travel at the moment essential business in the future moving into a only if you can't telecommute and then after small amounts of movement are assessed allow travel for holiday
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14/01/2021 13:47:55 1 0
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An interesting take. Instead of going for ageism you pit media against industry. Keeping the infighting going. All the while missing the point that it's the government's fault because they acted too late.
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14/01/2021 11:26:59 0 8
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Yes, a great time to book a few nights at a Premier Inn later in the Spring or Summer - great value at the moment and will beat the rush.
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14/01/2021 11:27:01 52 13
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Even if you are not actively coughing COVID around you can still spread it by surface contacts. You are still a vector
Going anywhere and doing anything you don't need to will still be a risk to others
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14/01/2021 11:27:27 126 19
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Wahoo open the flood gates, lets all rush abroad and bring back the next stain of C19 that needs yet another new vaccine developing
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14/01/2021 14:19:13 9 3
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There comes a point when you have to make a choice, do you want to live in fear of a virus for the rest of your life, or do you actually want to live a life? Because if your answer is the first one, then what's the point? We may as well eradicate the human race now and get it over with.
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14/01/2021 11:25:25 61 43
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Young people have had their lives disproportionately devastated by a virus that by and large does not affect them, in order to protect the old. Who lets be honest haven't had to suffer the same financial uncertainty because A) they have houses B) pensions and C) have not had to look after children that are not in school. All the time calling young people who have had to carry on selfish.
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14/01/2021 11:27:49 44 17
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Younger people - financial uncertainty

Older people - life uncertainty

Disproportionate?
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14/01/2021 12:47:02 4 3
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Financial uncertainty IS life uncertainty.

How many have died from being excluded from support whilst the oldies never miss a cheque?
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14/01/2021 11:28:01 38 4
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Rather, "Fools and money easily parted!" You've no idea what your going to. Will need to wear masks, will resorts be truly open etc. I've just taken 11 months to get flights refunded from Loveholidays (which was refunded to them by Jet 2 in June).
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14/01/2021 11:28:02 167 6
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I am not so sure that these bookings are a result of "vaccine confidence".

Many tour operators are giving refund guarantees and low deposits to secure these bookings and I suspect many will be cancelled.
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14/01/2021 11:52:42 43 4
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Some tour operators are offering ridiculously low prices if you go in the next few months. Disney for example. May even be loss leaders, trying to get footfall so that they can advertise they are open for business as usual.
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14/01/2021 11:53:56 8 9
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Yes they are also offering discounts on bookings before the end of March. The elderly can finally be released from their imprisonment. There has been no lockdown for the young. Just look at the streets and parks.
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14/01/2021 12:14:03 4 1
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A lot of them have a time limit as to when you can retake holidays cancelled from last year, it seems to be around June this year. Use it or lose it, essentially.
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14/01/2021 12:55:51 2 1
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Operators just trying to keep some cash flow in their business. Wait for all the howls of outrage when companies go bust. These selfish people will be the first to expect a refund at taxpayers expense.
Maybe a number of these bookings are one way trips to Switzerland?

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14/01/2021 14:42:59 0 0
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That's just the market moving to equilibrium. Demand has plummeted due to the virus and travel restrictions so prices have dropped to compensate for it.
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14/01/2021 11:29:11 361 115
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And this boys and girls is why we will be in lockdown for ever. The vaccine doesn’t make you safe and doesn’t keep the rest of us safe. It’s almost offensive that the ones we are locking down to protect are rushing off to be reckless.
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14/01/2021 11:37:50 87 111
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"The vaccine doesn’t make you safe and doesn’t keep the rest of us safe."

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So why bother with it then ?
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14/01/2021 11:31:22 43 15
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What do you mean? The vaccine does make you safe. One the vaccine has been given to enough people most of us will be safe. That’s the point of vaccination.
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14/01/2021 11:48:12 20 30
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Great news for people who worked all their lives, paid for the NHS etc and need a break.
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14/01/2021 11:49:23 8 11
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SO VERY TRUE!
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14/01/2021 11:56:04 26 6
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It actually does make you safe in so far as the trials demonstrated no serious illness or hospital admissions for those vaccinated. Evidence for ability to transmit the illness is limited, but points to a downward trend.
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14/01/2021 11:56:28 17 24
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Whilst I would condem them for booking holidays, this age group are not the ones flouting lockdown restrictions with illegal gatherings. Hey Jude, you need to look at the big picture, not just to the end of your nose!
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14/01/2021 12:02:25 5 20
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Hopefully for ever. Effectively changing away from very bad habits of gratuitous travel.
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14/01/2021 12:03:29 16 4
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Absolutely agree - jude nelson.

I am concerned that people get demob happy and AGAIN fall into a false sense of security when many, many people would still not have been vaccinated by Easter / Summer - and straight away you have big groups mingling ... and transmitting ... I hope it does not become a case of "I'm alright, Jack ..."

BTW - what about the locals in tourist destinations???
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14/01/2021 12:06:13 1 3
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It only makes it safer, no such thing as safe, there is still a 5 to 10 percent chance you will get it. I think it is too soon for them to do these holidays as many people will still be waiting for their jab and until a high percentage of people are vaccinated the risk of mutation of the virus into something worse is going to be high.
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14/01/2021 12:14:43 9 1
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So no-one should go on holiday, leave their house or mix with people ever again then?
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14/01/2021 12:24:37 1 3
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Nonsense!
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14/01/2021 12:28:11 5 4
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I am laughing my socks off - after repeatedly being told this only affects the oldies we should lock them up and let the rest of us get on with our live/jobs/holidays now we oldies are getting the vaccine and can get on with our lives you youngsters are all objecting - and the vaccine does make us safe, less 10% chance of getting a very mild infection - just like you have all been boasting about
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14/01/2021 12:29:34 5 5
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boomers don't care about anyone except their own selfish selves so no surprise here
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14/01/2021 12:24:24 3 1
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Unfortunately, as people are vaccinated, others they contact may well not have been. I don't think we can put this selfishness solely down to relatively few people booking holidays. The same could be said of shoppers, people 'exercising' and those gathering as BBQ season approaches.
Those of us down the list for the vaccine will be the most exposed as complacency sets in with the higher groups!!
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14/01/2021 12:30:47 5 3
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Almost offensive? It IS offensive. Next it'll be Covid-19 passports for the vaccinated to do what they like while everyone under 50 stays in lockdown.
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14/01/2021 12:35:17 1 4
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You sound like you believe in conspiracy theories, fake news and Trumpism... You have no place on HYS.
My thoughts exactly... Here we all are, imprisoned to protect the vurerable... But at first chance the vurerable will be on the plane to benidorm telling us to fcuk off and enjoy our continued suffering. Removed
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14/01/2021 12:45:52 4 1
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Look up what herd immunity means. With enough people vaccinated the virus can't spread. We still have measles in the population but with enough people vaccinated it can;t take hold. It is only in recent years with people stupidly not having the MMR jab that measles has shown a resurgenence.
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14/01/2021 12:53:24 1 3
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A lot of old people have not been out of their home for months. And they are not having holiday now. Their bookings are later in the year when the restrictions are probably going to be lifted. And they don't have that many years to enjoy going on holiday. I will say go for it later in the year as long as there is no restriction. I hope they have a good time.
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14/01/2021 12:59:47 2 1
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So many of these people are more than old enough to know better, and typically well off, well educated and, well, over-privileged. This news us disgusting.
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14/01/2021 13:05:48 1 1
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Very well said!
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14/01/2021 13:38:09 1 0
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Assume that means that for the remainder of the year you are going to remain locked in your house. Absolutely no staycations, days out, visits to the beach, country parks. No meeting with any friends or relatives anywhere at any time. This also applies to any other member of your household. Why? Because you can catch covid absolutely anywhere at anytime and from anybody.
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14/01/2021 13:41:26 0 1
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Oh dear.. So much nonsense in so few words. We are doomed. lol.
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14/01/2021 11:29:22 33 9
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This is just BBC winding us all up as usual
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14/01/2021 13:34:35 1 1
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Underrated comment!
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14/01/2021 18:30:40 1 1
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You’ve been wound up by this article?

Oh dear - perhaps you need a holiday?
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14/01/2021 11:29:27 6 15
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I've stayed, worked, lived! in different parts of Europe all my life starting aged 10. It never once even occurred to me to get a visa or ask anyone's 'permission' to live there for any length of time. These ridiculous new regulations are just a nuisance indeed the eu is just a boring nuisance and I can't ever see myself wanting to go there ever again! World is wide eu...
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14/01/2021 11:35:24 5 3
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The regulations aren't new, they've always been there, they just didn't apply to us as we were part of the EU, now we're not. Consider it part of the Brexit bonus that leavers voted for.
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14/01/2021 11:29:34 79 25
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The vaccine doesn't prevent you from passing on the virus to others, it just prevents you from getting seriously ill from it. Last year, people were blaming young people, accusing them of not caring because the virus was unlikely to affect them. Now, it seems, when the boot is on the other foot, the older people would do exactly the same!!!
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14/01/2021 11:57:25 47 8
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These are the Piers Morgan types who tell you to stay home and then they fly off to Antigua for some sun, trying to keep it hush.
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14/01/2021 12:09:44 8 1
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Selfish has no age limits. You get some in every generation and they give everyone a bad name.
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14/01/2021 12:17:34 10 4
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Agree totally, I am 63 & in phase 7 for vaccination but I will not have a proper holiday until 2022 when we will know if everyone is safe.
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14/01/2021 12:27:21 5 1
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You know this how?
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14/01/2021 12:52:14 1 2
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That just isn't true.

Vaccines train the body to recognise an invader allowing it to start to fight as soon as it is detected rather than having to learn how to fight after infection.

The body can then fight immediately and prevent infection. If you are not infected you won't pass the infection on. That is how vaccines work.

If the vaccine has worked for you, you will not pass the infection on.
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14/01/2021 13:32:39 1 0
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Hi Tom maybe you mean some older people. In the article they interviewed TWO oldies.
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Bob
14/01/2021 11:30:06 9 2
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National Express citing 185% increase in bookings among the over 65s compared to the same time last year.

That time last year we didn't have a pandemic! This increase cannot be due to people rebounding from the pandemic and feeling good about a vaccine.
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14/01/2021 11:33:30 6 5
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I think it’s due to people booking trips to go and visit family. Not a holiday! This is the age group who travel by bus most of the time, anyway!
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14/01/2021 11:25:27 147 20
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Cant be sure whether this makes me angry, disappointed or glad that some recovery is taking place. It does stick in the throat a bit though when many who will not get a vax are being punished twice to largely save those who are now booking holidays even though most have not had the vax yet...does not sit right and may make younger compliance harder if they see others behaving differently
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14/01/2021 11:30:17 98 44
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My kids live at home, have barely seen their partners for best part of a year, no vaccine until the autumn, oldies out enjoying themselves, miniscule chance of serious illness, why would they now stay in?
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14/01/2021 11:41:29 38 15
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Spot on. Lockdowns for the vast majority of young people have had no benefit. Educations interrupted, employment prospects ruined, relationships ended and social lives destroyed.

A price worth paying to protect the elderly and vulnerable? In my view, probably yes. But the idea that lockdowns are for everyone's sake is a total lie.
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14/01/2021 12:09:41 13 12
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This is fake BBC news, trying to stir up trouble. I don't know a single old person who has booked an holiday, in fact they all say there is no way they would book one. I would take no notice of anything the BBC says.
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14/01/2021 13:07:34 5 3
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'MINISCULE chance'!!! OH no!! You are COMPLETELY wrong! It is a LESSENED chance of DYING from the disease, but you can still catch it!!
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14/01/2021 13:33:49 2 2
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Because it is the right thing to do , two wrongs do not make a right. Let's all do the right thing and stop pushing the limits and being selfish.
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14/01/2021 13:55:08 1 1
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And there's the answer to why we're in this mess - ''why would they now stay in?'' You still don't get it. The virus is here to stay. Life will not return to normal for a long, long time. Despite. The. Vaccine. Read and understand.
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14/01/2021 15:04:42 1 0
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" oldies out enjoying themselves" - where does it say that through your bitter eyes?
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14/01/2021 11:30:19 74 4
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Silly!!!

Nothing is guaranteed yet, did they not see the news whereby travel companies still haven't given people refunds from trips cancelled last year.

I get people are optimistic but its just too early.
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14/01/2021 11:30:44 8 6
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COVID - Vaccine means holidays for lot of people. In 2 months time there will be stories all over the place
1. I gat COVID in-spite of my vaccine. All NHS Fault.
2. I lost money because my holiday destination country banned us coming from there - All fault of GOVT and airlines.
3. Employers are asking us to go to work as I had a vaccine - I am not ready for this.
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14/01/2021 11:33:13 1 1
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Everything is always someone elses fault. Hardy Ironman of the title.
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14/01/2021 11:31:08 6 3
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No need for any tax payer monies to tourist industry
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14/01/2021 11:31:34 87 32
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Think this is quite sad of older generation = they should be cautious until everyone has been vaccinated - which in reality is late summer earliest. Caution, which is supposed to be word of older generation, appears not to be considered here and bit of slap in face for younger generation who have suffered terribly to protect them
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14/01/2021 11:45:25 13 20
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They don't care. Post war generation, immensely privileged and messed it up for the rest of us. They voted to "take their country back", so now they are going to go on tour in it..
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14/01/2021 12:26:29 10 1
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And it it is more like the over 70's. Anyone in their 50's still has a very long time to wait for a vaccine yet.
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14/01/2021 12:24:26 11 5
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We so called older generation, are cautious, some of are risking infection by looking after younger members of our family. I for one am not slapping anyone, younger or not, in the face. My daughter in law is on the front line in NHS, my son is a teacher. So don't go making these silly sweeping statements when you don'y know the facts
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14/01/2021 12:50:42 3 5
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Especially since it was mostly older that everyone in UK got locked down for.
One rule for us, another for them!
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14/01/2021 13:11:38 2 2
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Don't see youngsters protecting me, out partying all the time
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14/01/2021 13:34:39 3 0
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Younger generation have a high tolerance to suffering. Rap music and playstations have got them accustomed.
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14/01/2021 11:31:50 145 68
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So the people who've been able to work from home or put their feet up on a defined-benefit pension, and stay home with no financial penalty, will now get to fly off round the world while the young (who've both been forced to go to work and then blamed for spreading the virus when they do) are told to stay indoors and eat cold baked beans as their income continues to collapse. Nice.
It was always the way. These are the people that voted for Brexit Removed
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14/01/2021 11:47:49 22 8
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And by spending their money provide jobs for people and help the economy to recover
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14/01/2021 12:00:07 9 2
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I'll do a swop to be your age and you can be mine - nearly 80!
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14/01/2021 12:01:52 4 3
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Surely you can have toast with your beans.
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14/01/2021 12:04:12 17 10
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Sorry but the young did spread it. Did you not see the pictures in the press of parties, raves, London streets packed etc? Can't blame the people who have retired, it is not their fault they got old. You will be old one day yourself.
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14/01/2021 12:07:48 21 11
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Moan, moan, moan. If these older people are retired with a nice pension then they must have worked all their lives to pay for it and they must have had the sense to join a pension in the first place. Private pensions don't come for free.
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14/01/2021 12:14:37 12 12
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Young people have their whole lives ahead (hopefully), although in that time you will learn that life ain't always fair, especially when the chips are down . Our grandparents as youngsters in WW2 learnt that one, but then pulled themselves up and made a life for themselves . Just do YOUR bit now - it does help you not to waste your energy working yourself into a tizzy about others
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14/01/2021 13:09:42 1 1
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I'm retired and can assure you people like me have taken financial hits. Many investments no longer paying dividends which are my main source of income to name just one
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14/01/2021 13:46:32 0 0
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Que violins
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14/01/2021 14:10:17 0 0
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Like the good old days, when most of the young never travelled and the older did.
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14/01/2021 11:31:59 23 27
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Glad that the most selfish generation in history have something to look forward to at least. *rolls eyes*

Meanwhile, nothing but lockdown, isolation, financial and mental health problems for us younger generations.
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14/01/2021 11:36:33 8 12
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I expect they'll celebrate by jacking up all our rents to pay for their holidays.
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14/01/2021 11:43:15 0 5
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You are welcome, suck it up you miserable snowflakes. Meanwhile we will party and spend our bountiful savings. Pahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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14/01/2021 11:51:13 5 5
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What a ridiculous post

I take it your parents are in this group? If so I hope you have told them this face to face.

Just bear in mind these "selfish generation" may have lived through a world war, not been brought up with comforts such as bathrooms, central heating, etc etc.

Think before you post drivel
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14/01/2021 11:32:10 6 9
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This looks like insanity. The vaccine doesn't have any data on long term efficacy as it's so new, and there are doubts already within the medical community that we will get the protection advertised with the first round developed. Plus new varients are popping up all over the world. Hopefully they'll be ok but hoping, not thinking, about risk is why we are where we are. Boomers "me first".
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14/01/2021 12:05:21 0 1
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Let me correct you, some boomers. Each generation has it share of ignorant and selfish people, it looks worse than it probably is because they're so conspicuous.
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14/01/2021 11:25:25 61 43
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Young people have had their lives disproportionately devastated by a virus that by and large does not affect them, in order to protect the old. Who lets be honest haven't had to suffer the same financial uncertainty because A) they have houses B) pensions and C) have not had to look after children that are not in school. All the time calling young people who have had to carry on selfish.
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14/01/2021 11:32:11 9 3
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There are idiots in every generation, I think you will find that by far most will not behave this way, The couple booking 5 are incredibly stupid exceptions.
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Abz
14/01/2021 11:32:12 8 12
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Ohh yayy, just advertise the stupidity of vaccinating those who only go on holiday instead of those who work!!! How do they go on holiday if the person flying the plane or driving the bus has no vaccine??? REALLY - the lack of brains and common sense coming from this gov, that I ashamedly voted for is making me sick. I want my entire tax and NI back for 2020. useless fools.
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14/01/2021 12:02:41 1 1
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The government are targeting whom they think the most vulnerable, while I'd agree with you it might be better to focus on those who are key worker obliged to be in close contact with many people, you can't blame government for the stupidity of (some) people.
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14/01/2021 11:32:21 12 2
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Whenever the 'over 50's' are mentioned we see pictures of people in their 70's and 80's. 50 is not really that old. I'm actually glad that I don't have to go on holiday. Many things to do at home if I ever stop working away from it!
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14/01/2021 11:38:09 16 2
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Well said Bill. Most people in their 50s are working (more than) full time.
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14/01/2021 11:32:32 60 26
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It's an absolute disgrace! You'd think folk would realise that in an epidemic they'll be no holidays this year or a significant part of 2022. These older people are higher risk anyway so this is why they are getting their vaccine. It doesn't mean go and book 5 holidays! The same people will be moaning they had to cancel and can't get their money back because the holiday co went bust??
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14/01/2021 11:32:41 387 17
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Anyone else find those "Jab and go" Ryanair ads quite offensive given what's going on? Misleading too, since they are taking about Easter holidays.
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14/01/2021 11:42:34 177 16
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Yes - I reported it to the Advertising Standards Authority....as did many so it seems bytheir first reply. Report it too ......it's offensive.
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14/01/2021 11:53:34 47 3
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Perhaps that advert should be brought to the attention of Advertising Standards Authority. Ryanair and others put the government under huge pressure to let them operate last August, and look where that has now got us. Companies such as these have no social conscience at all.
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14/01/2021 11:54:59 39 3
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Yes, I noticed that stupid ad. Irresponsible if you ask me - because even when you have the jab, you can't just 'go.' It gives a bad/false impression.
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14/01/2021 11:50:21 29 4
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Yes I reported it to the Advertising Standards Authority - many did. You should too.
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14/01/2021 12:09:13 38 4
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we are almost at 100,000 deaths due to this awful virus and Ryanair think a Jab and Go ad is ok to air ...Its really is bad taste especially to families that have suffered during this pandemic , it should be removed , along with whoever give it the go ahead .
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14/01/2021 12:11:54 25 1
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That's Ryanair for you. I will never book another flight with them in my life. I only ever booked one (during lockdown where I didn't get my money back or a voucher) so I will never use them again, and this ad just confirms my opinion of them.
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14/01/2021 12:16:20 16 1
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Yes. They make you realise that if ever you had a serious problem with them, they'd treat you with the same amount of disrespect.
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14/01/2021 12:36:23 26 1
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Yes. They seem like a company run by a complete git
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14/01/2021 12:38:26 1 1
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where can they exactly?
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14/01/2021 12:49:47 5 2
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Yep. Absolutely offensive.
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14/01/2021 13:04:10 8 1
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Yes they are very offensive. Could not quite believe it when I saw the ad!! I thought it was a joke! Ryanair are morally bankrupt
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14/01/2021 13:33:55 2 0
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I too thought it was mis leading and totally against government policy of not travelling abroad ......another family were caught at i think it was Dover last weekend trying to access a ferry for a holiday fined and sent home
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14/01/2021 13:34:26 2 4
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No, not even remotely offended, then again I'm not a whiner who finds everything offensive...
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14/01/2021 13:39:25 1 0
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Reporting it is a guaranteed way to get it on the front pages. Ignore it and just drop Ryan Air a note saying as a result of their campaign you will be using other alternatives when the opportunity does present.
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14/01/2021 13:40:55 0 0
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Ryanair, O"Leary was giving BBC5 a hard time about everyone had been refunded who were owed refunds. Still waiting for my £260 i must be the only one yea right. Iys a pity he doesnt follow the ethos of the senior school he went to...Clongowes wood.
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14/01/2021 14:06:20 1 0
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TaBs, glad you are still drawing breath. It is disgraceful init, the advert is immenesly poor taste and dare I say putridly turgid in apt fashion. Fly for £20... to.... anywhere. Get on our plane!

Utterly misleading and no offers of Easter eggs for the the brat pack.

Anysways, I guess you're champing the bit to get away for the wild drunken shagging anything with a pulse that you love.

Be well.
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14/01/2021 14:11:06 0 0
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Offended by an advert are we? Wow.
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14/01/2021 15:01:59 0 0
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Ryan Air are offensive full stop!
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14/01/2021 15:39:22 0 0
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If only we could turn offence into something useful. Since the pandemic started, their has been so much offence around, it's going off the graph.
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14/01/2021 11:32:41 20 5
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These people will moan and complain when their holidays are cancelled. We are some way from normality yet.
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14/01/2021 11:58:13 2 1
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What do you mean, moaning and complaining is (all too) normal.
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14/01/2021 11:32:43 15 7
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pass the werthers originals around
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14/01/2021 11:30:44 8 6
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COVID - Vaccine means holidays for lot of people. In 2 months time there will be stories all over the place
1. I gat COVID in-spite of my vaccine. All NHS Fault.
2. I lost money because my holiday destination country banned us coming from there - All fault of GOVT and airlines.
3. Employers are asking us to go to work as I had a vaccine - I am not ready for this.
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14/01/2021 11:33:13 1 1
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Everything is always someone elses fault. Hardy Ironman of the title.
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Bob
14/01/2021 11:30:06 9 2
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National Express citing 185% increase in bookings among the over 65s compared to the same time last year.

That time last year we didn't have a pandemic! This increase cannot be due to people rebounding from the pandemic and feeling good about a vaccine.
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14/01/2021 11:33:30 6 5
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I think it’s due to people booking trips to go and visit family. Not a holiday! This is the age group who travel by bus most of the time, anyway!
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14/01/2021 12:15:07 0 1
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They shouldn't be going anywhere!
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14/01/2021 11:33:43 9 11
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I am sure the selfish people who went on holiday last year and caused the second wave will be first in the cue
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14/01/2021 12:23:04 0 1
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..queue please, this article isn't about snooker, billiard or pool!
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14/01/2021 11:33:45 22 4
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You need a Covid-19 test pre-departure and also to return, even holders of little blue books This will not change even with a vaccine as that does not stop you spreading the virus or getting Covid-19. It is only known that it prevents serious infection requiring hospitalisation.
Summer travel will be difficult and travel at Easter almost impossible. People, you need to stop reading the red tops.
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14/01/2021 12:05:14 2 2
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Not to travel in the UK, which is what the article is about.
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14/01/2021 11:33:50 9 5
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I wouldn't rush just yet. If covid is a dangerous as they are saying for younger people we may have to wait until the virus is more supressed and more have been vaccinated. It took months to get the rates down in the first lockdown and this time the situation is worse.
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14/01/2021 11:34:14 3 5
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Holidays are more important than there health lol
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14/01/2021 11:29:27 6 15
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I've stayed, worked, lived! in different parts of Europe all my life starting aged 10. It never once even occurred to me to get a visa or ask anyone's 'permission' to live there for any length of time. These ridiculous new regulations are just a nuisance indeed the eu is just a boring nuisance and I can't ever see myself wanting to go there ever again! World is wide eu...
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14/01/2021 11:35:24 5 3
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The regulations aren't new, they've always been there, they just didn't apply to us as we were part of the EU, now we're not. Consider it part of the Brexit bonus that leavers voted for.
The greater the age the lower the IQ.
Retarded behaviour.
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14/01/2021 11:41:09 2 4
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Dow voters may deny but I see it daily on the frontline.
Medical fact akin to dementure.
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14/01/2021 11:41:11 2 2
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And the lower age that are still going to Raves and Parties are supposed to be intelligent?. Oh sorry ZERO IQ I believe, well, at least that a start on the scale.
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14/01/2021 11:52:31 0 1
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Not a particularly intelligent or considered comment.
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14/01/2021 11:52:37 0 1
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not based on this comment
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14/01/2021 11:35:56 278 14
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Jeez....I'm in my fifties but I'd rather poke my eyes out than go on the holiday depicted in the top picture. Why do they always say "over-50s" when they really mean "retired"??
Not many 50 somethings are retired.
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14/01/2021 11:41:11 17 2
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:-)
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14/01/2021 11:47:42 33 2
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I retired at 55, have never been on a coach tour or cruise and never will.
Did enjoy touring Europe by rail having a beer or few, but it can wait for this year
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14/01/2021 11:52:15 9 12
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Totally agree, but I defend the RIGHT of someone to act differently in a free society. I'm sure the travel companies are grateful for some business
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14/01/2021 11:54:19 21 1
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It is a stock image, but I know what you mean.
I might be past it, but if that's someone's idea of having fun, I wouldn't bother getting out of bed.
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14/01/2021 11:56:12 14 3
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From the the look of them, most are probably well over 65 or even 70.

According to another article, it took just one infected Brit to cause the cancellation of a skiing event in Switzerland. It's too soon to arrange holidays, dream about them yes, plan them maybe, book them, no. Probably booking now to benefit from that oh so important early booking discount.
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14/01/2021 11:58:50 2 9
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Surely you are planning to sell up and move into your nice over 55s Retirement Property?
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14/01/2021 12:05:30 12 2
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I was just about to say the same! I am 55, had a horse-riding holiday booked in the Sierra Nevada in Spain last year which will hopefully be moved to this year if safe. We will be outdoors riding and rafting, if we are still ok to travel next Christmas I will be skiing with the grandkids. Would rather sit on a cactus than go on a coach holiday, not all over 50s do that you know young journalists
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14/01/2021 12:20:59 7 1
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HYS tend to lump folks together. I am retired and no plans to go on holiday any time soon.
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14/01/2021 12:37:19 10 1
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?? I'm 52 and I think this is still pitched at our grandparents generation when they were that age... As soon as its hopefully safe.. I'm hitting a few places on the bucket list and that's not a coach tour to York or the Cotswolds..#stillraving
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14/01/2021 12:38:17 15 3
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Ageism unfortunately. Maybe the BBC are comfortable with this type of discrimination whilst in uproar about other forms ?
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14/01/2021 12:51:13 10 1
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That's what I thought too! The original picture for this article (which has been changed) showed people in their 70s+
Most of us in our 50s are still working and not on a permanent holiday
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14/01/2021 12:51:50 1 4
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You'd be surprised
"50% of those aged between 55-64 do not work" (ONS)
Not being considered employable (apart from shelf-stacking) they are busy plundering their pensions under Osborn rules to keep a roof over their head and get the last of the kids through Uni.
Tomorrow's National Scandal, you mark my words
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14/01/2021 12:55:28 0 2
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We do holiday though.
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Ben
14/01/2021 13:01:49 0 6
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Does someone in their 70s not count as an over 50? Don't be so sensitive grandad.
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14/01/2021 13:18:47 0 0
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Hmmmm ... its never as it seems .. somebody puttin' it about!
Jul 2019: "Virtually every age group saw a rise in most infections but gonorrhoea and chlamydia saw the biggest proportional increase in people over 65. Cases of gonorrhoea increased 42% from 236 to 336 and chlamydia by 24% from 416 to 517.
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14/01/2021 17:58:22 0 0
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I thought you you were 117.
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14/01/2021 11:35:58 13 3
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"TUI, the UK's largest tour operator, says 50% of bookings on their website are currently by over-50s.

This was previously a smaller market for them"

It probably still IS a smaller market. The numbers may well not have increased at all. It is just that other groups are being more cautious and not booking yet.
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14/01/2021 11:36:06 8 3
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It all seems a bit premature at this stage. Just because I am on a priority list doesn't guarantee anything. Particularly as that will change as various pressure groups get their way. Plus has no one grasped the fact that this virus is not going to go away? It is something wet are going to have to learn to live with in much the same way as we have to live with the common cold and flu.
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DSA
14/01/2021 11:36:27 10 14
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Three words desribes those booking overseas holidays: SELFISH IGNIORANT IDIOTS.
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14/01/2021 11:46:02 2 3
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and those taking up 5x UK holiday bookings: SELF-CENTRED GREED
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14/01/2021 11:47:44 0 1
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Ignorant...just a spelling lesson for you.
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14/01/2021 11:50:18 0 1
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Envy ? - why is booking a holiday in the hope that it will be allowed to happen IF SAFE selfish
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14/01/2021 12:04:10 0 1
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Ignorant do you mean? Think you have shown your ignorance...
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14/01/2021 11:36:28 10 6
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Top picture, guy in the blue jumper... is he alive!?
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14/01/2021 11:37:37 4 1
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Resting his eyelids.....
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14/01/2021 11:37:39 1 3
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Are you????????????????
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14/01/2021 11:38:40 2 1
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Playing dead to avoid the singalong.
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14/01/2021 11:31:59 23 27
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Glad that the most selfish generation in history have something to look forward to at least. *rolls eyes*

Meanwhile, nothing but lockdown, isolation, financial and mental health problems for us younger generations.
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14/01/2021 11:36:33 8 12
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I expect they'll celebrate by jacking up all our rents to pay for their holidays.
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14/01/2021 11:45:20 0 3
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YEP. Pahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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14/01/2021 11:36:53 21 8
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This is really stupid. No-one knows when lockdown will be lifted or how safe things will be this summer. Who knows when the 50 to 69 year olds will get the vaccination. They are not the Government's priority and with a three month wait for the second one, the summer is likely to be over.
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14/01/2021 11:37:00 13 12
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Very encouraging to see some confidence returning to the travel market. I have to take it all back when I said recently that most of my fellow 60 somethings were paranoid, cotton wool bunker dwelling curtain twitchers, Barbados here we come !!
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14/01/2021 11:36:28 10 6
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Top picture, guy in the blue jumper... is he alive!?
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14/01/2021 11:37:37 4 1
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Resting his eyelids.....
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14/01/2021 11:36:28 10 6
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Top picture, guy in the blue jumper... is he alive!?
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14/01/2021 11:37:39 1 3
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Are you????????????????
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14/01/2021 11:29:11 361 115
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And this boys and girls is why we will be in lockdown for ever. The vaccine doesn’t make you safe and doesn’t keep the rest of us safe. It’s almost offensive that the ones we are locking down to protect are rushing off to be reckless.
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14/01/2021 11:37:50 87 111
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"The vaccine doesn’t make you safe and doesn’t keep the rest of us safe."

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So why bother with it then ?
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14/01/2021 11:41:24 60 6
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While you can still be infected by the disease and can spread it despite having the vaccine, it prevents severe symptoms form manifesting which will reduce the death rate. Iirc not a single member from the medical trials died.

Its really short sighted by people booking these holidays though.
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14/01/2021 12:03:34 3 1
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It will not kill you as it might have. And of course everybody else you come into contact with. Downgrading it to the value of catching a cold. Not nice but survivable.
100,000 dead so far is why we need it. Much more to learn about it yet.
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14/01/2021 12:04:28 0 3
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£$
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14/01/2021 12:14:42 4 1
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It stops people dying, they just get a bit ill instead. Mostly
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14/01/2021 12:33:26 6 1
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Because we have to. Simple Flu virus mutates every year which is why us crinklies need to be vaccinated every year. Covid has mutated several times. Absolutely no guarantee that any vaccine works. Even if it does? Protects you. Not anyone who comes in contact with you.
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14/01/2021 12:47:21 3 1
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Because when 70% plus of whole population vaccinated you might get herd immunity.
Same with measles etc.
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14/01/2021 12:54:46 0 1
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Is ignorance really bliss?
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14/01/2021 12:56:38 1 1
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Because it’s 90% likely to keep you from dying. Which is the best we’ve got.
However, we don’t get know whether you can still be a carrier of the disease, who can pass it on.
Younger people have shown great restraint and great respect to the old during the last twelve months.
They need to show similar restraint until all people at risk have been vaccinated, not book “covid carrier coach trips”.
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14/01/2021 13:14:23 3 0
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Because it reduces your chances of being badly affected by the virus and ending up in hospital. The point is that it is irresponsible to book up holidays until a large proportion of the country (the world even!) is vaccinated, and offensive to those who are sacrificing so much to protect the vulnerable. It's travelling abroad etc that started this off in the first place! Think about the planet too
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14/01/2021 13:15:54 3 0
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Because it reduces the impact of the infection on the vaccinated person. Reports elsewhere on the BBC indicate that we don't yet know if it stops you getting infected and passing it on to others.
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14/01/2021 13:31:56 0 0
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I'm not going to
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14/01/2021 13:12:04 1 0
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Once the world reaches herd immunity we will all be safer. The vaccine(s) help us reach herd immunity.
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14/01/2021 11:32:21 12 2
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Whenever the 'over 50's' are mentioned we see pictures of people in their 70's and 80's. 50 is not really that old. I'm actually glad that I don't have to go on holiday. Many things to do at home if I ever stop working away from it!
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14/01/2021 11:38:09 16 2
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Well said Bill. Most people in their 50s are working (more than) full time.
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14/01/2021 11:57:31 3 1
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I'm 60 and have worked continuously as a civilian in the police, done everything for my 86 year old parents who can't go out and supported our 15 year old son in his home learning periods. So 60 ain't that old either.
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14/01/2021 11:38:09 20 4
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The vaccine won’t stop you getting Covid it makes it more survivable, you can also probably still pass it on
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14/01/2021 11:38:35 62 18
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When people start to act selfishly we used to tell them to "grow up"? These people appear to be older, why do they imagine they can just carry on as if the virus does not apply to them. Next headlines will be complaints when they do not get their 'deposit' paid back when all travel is still impossible? Fools and their money..easily parted. Wait out people, if this virus wanes there will be time
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14/01/2021 11:48:24 10 17
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Free choice
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14/01/2021 14:25:05 0 1
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Many of those people have worked their entire lives to get where they are, finally get to retirement and a chance to enjoy life and boom, forced to isolate for the best part of a year. These old people have much less life left than a lot of us, why shouldn't they go an enjoy what they have left?
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14/01/2021 11:36:28 10 6
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Top picture, guy in the blue jumper... is he alive!?
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14/01/2021 11:38:40 2 1
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Playing dead to avoid the singalong.
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14/01/2021 11:39:21 55 8
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I think this may be a bit premature & will inevitably lead to disappointment, whining & moaning. Vaccine is effective but not a magic elixir, it will take a little time. I'm reminded of something that one of the co-creators of the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine said a few months back. When asked about life returning to normal, his answer was "target Winter 2021", & that sounds far more sensible to me.
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14/01/2021 11:46:13 25 12
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And that's very, very optimistic. It'll be mid 2022, before we see if the vaccines have had any impact
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14/01/2021 11:25:25 61 43
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Young people have had their lives disproportionately devastated by a virus that by and large does not affect them, in order to protect the old. Who lets be honest haven't had to suffer the same financial uncertainty because A) they have houses B) pensions and C) have not had to look after children that are not in school. All the time calling young people who have had to carry on selfish.
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14/01/2021 11:39:32 11 5
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Selfish attitude borne out by your comment! We don’t all have houses, pensions and the freedom to enjoy holidays when we like.
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14/01/2021 11:52:52 11 4
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I would hasten to guess that the people booking these holidays have largely paid off their mortgages on houses they bought for 50p in the 70's and have generous pensions. I've lost my business to the covid restrictions and could still loss my house. Call me selfish all you want because if it's selfish that my primary concern is my young family's financial security then so be it.
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14/01/2021 11:39:36 10 18
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I take it berxits who are over 50 will be avoiding vile Europe now that they can't take their own spam and beans with them in their trailers?
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14/01/2021 11:44:34 3 3
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I take it you'll be moving to Europe you can spit your dummy out there as much as you want
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14/01/2021 11:46:06 2 1
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Let it go mate
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14/01/2021 11:40:35 9 18
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Selfish beyond words and they wonder why everyone hates this section of society
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14/01/2021 11:47:00 1 2
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Don't make the mistake of tarring everybody in the same age group with the same brush. This is only a minority.
I would challenge your assertion that "everyone" hates them.
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14/01/2021 11:47:05 2 2
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why is free choice selfish - these people are taking a chance with their own savings or pension they've saved for over a 40 year working life, that the holidays will be allowed to happen, in the meantime the deposits are supporting a sector of industry that has been so badly hit by covid - rather sounds like envy to me.
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14/01/2021 11:48:44 1 4
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Exactly.....Under 50s continues to suffer....Jobloss, furlough, no school, no exam, no holiday, no nightout while Boomers enjoy themselves........
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14/01/2021 11:49:26 3 2
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Really???? Please supply figures, graphs and 100% proof of your "space cadet" comment.
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14/01/2021 11:31:50 145 68
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So the people who've been able to work from home or put their feet up on a defined-benefit pension, and stay home with no financial penalty, will now get to fly off round the world while the young (who've both been forced to go to work and then blamed for spreading the virus when they do) are told to stay indoors and eat cold baked beans as their income continues to collapse. Nice.
It was always the way. These are the people that voted for Brexit Removed
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14/01/2021 11:50:00 30 9
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Not all of us! Please don't lump all older people into the same box. We voted remain. We've been self isolating since before the first lockdown, nearly a year now. We wouldn't dream of going on holiday in the current situation. We are both pushing 80.
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14/01/2021 12:08:05 6 2
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Totally off topic
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14/01/2021 12:16:02 0 2
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I did not vote for Brexit, so please don't presume to speak for me. And yes, I'm an oldie.....but my 'go to' holiday choice is Ibiza (oldest swinger in town!). However, I won't be going there until I feel it's safe and responsible to do so.
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14/01/2021 12:16:46 2 2
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A third of retired people voted Remain. 85% + of Conservative voters were pro brexit. Please direct your blame to the more appropriate group.
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14/01/2021 12:21:48 1 2
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No we bloody well didn't - grow up.
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14/01/2021 12:40:38 1 2
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So many voting this down even though it's true.
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14/01/2021 11:31:34 87 32
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Think this is quite sad of older generation = they should be cautious until everyone has been vaccinated - which in reality is late summer earliest. Caution, which is supposed to be word of older generation, appears not to be considered here and bit of slap in face for younger generation who have suffered terribly to protect them
Caution and thinking of others, are you kidding me? This generation thinks of no-one but themselves. Removed
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14/01/2021 11:59:04 14 4
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Not true of all of us, never make the mistake of assuming a whole generation behaves and thinks the same way.
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14/01/2021 12:26:04 7 7
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I can't think of words that would be acceptable on this post to describe your idiotic stance. 'This' generation gives loads to the younger generations.
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14/01/2021 11:20:45 18 7
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Fools! They'll only have to cancel at a later date, face more disappointment and perhaps struggle to get their deposit back. There's NO WAY that I'm booking anything until Covid-19 (or 20 or 21) is long gone!
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14/01/2021 11:22:17 11 9
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Good on them, without optimism we are nothing
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14/01/2021 11:44:11 5 5
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Greed. The same people we are protecting flee and leave us to settle the bill (rebuild and recover)
The greater the age the lower the IQ.
Retarded behaviour.
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14/01/2021 11:41:09 2 4
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Dow voters may deny but I see it daily on the frontline.
Medical fact akin to dementure.
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14/01/2021 11:49:04 0 1
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Dementia do you mean?
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The greater the age the lower the IQ.
Retarded behaviour.
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14/01/2021 11:41:11 2 2
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And the lower age that are still going to Raves and Parties are supposed to be intelligent?. Oh sorry ZERO IQ I believe, well, at least that a start on the scale.
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14/01/2021 11:35:56 278 14
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Jeez....I'm in my fifties but I'd rather poke my eyes out than go on the holiday depicted in the top picture. Why do they always say "over-50s" when they really mean "retired"??
Not many 50 somethings are retired.
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14/01/2021 11:41:11 17 2
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:-)
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14/01/2021 11:37:50 87 111
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"The vaccine doesn’t make you safe and doesn’t keep the rest of us safe."

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So why bother with it then ?
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14/01/2021 11:41:24 60 6
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While you can still be infected by the disease and can spread it despite having the vaccine, it prevents severe symptoms form manifesting which will reduce the death rate. Iirc not a single member from the medical trials died.

Its really short sighted by people booking these holidays though.
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14/01/2021 11:30:17 98 44
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My kids live at home, have barely seen their partners for best part of a year, no vaccine until the autumn, oldies out enjoying themselves, miniscule chance of serious illness, why would they now stay in?
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14/01/2021 11:41:29 38 15
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Spot on. Lockdowns for the vast majority of young people have had no benefit. Educations interrupted, employment prospects ruined, relationships ended and social lives destroyed.

A price worth paying to protect the elderly and vulnerable? In my view, probably yes. But the idea that lockdowns are for everyone's sake is a total lie.
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14/01/2021 12:28:04 11 3
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Lockdowns are to reduce the load on NHS staff, not for the benefit of the public. No lockdown would almost certainly generate far more sick and the NHS Staff would just collapse under the load.
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14/01/2021 13:17:20 6 3
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Agree. The young have borne the burden of lockdown the most, for the least benefit and will pay the price for the rest of their lives.

Whether this story is true or not I don't know, but the older generation need to show deep respect to the young. Booking a holiday because they've got the vaccine while others haven't is not the way to show respect!
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14/01/2021 11:41:45 4 12
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johnsy206
11:38
The vaccine won’t stop you getting Covid it makes it more survivable, you can also probably still pass it on

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So many pessimists in this country. Try thinking of your glass as half full every now and then, and rejoice in the fact that next time you go anywhere in Europe the chances of running into gammon are greatly reduced.
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14/01/2021 11:26:24 3 8
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as long as they didn't vote brexit they will be fine.

if they did, they are in for a rude awakening at the borders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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14/01/2021 11:44:59 1 1
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How does that work then?
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14/01/2021 11:51:20 1 2
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My very first trip abroad was to three countries in Europe and all with their own currencies. There were no problems at borders. Its all about being prepared and knowing the rules.
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14/01/2021 11:42:15 2 8
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Idiots
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14/01/2021 11:42:31 7 6
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Well thats the third wave nicely booked. Remember folks, the vaccine isnt a panacea - its not a guarantee but at best only 95% effective. So that coach of 100 people means if they are all vaccinated 5 of them will statistically still catch Covid...food for thought? Probably not for those already booking. Oh well, their choice :)
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14/01/2021 11:46:58 1 3
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Wow, a 100 seat coach. That would be a sight. Here's me thinking a coach usually has about 50 seats
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14/01/2021 11:47:35 2 3
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Just keep banging-your-head-against-a-wall, have fun.
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14/01/2021 11:25:26 16 7
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If they are taking 5 UK holidays surely they are doing their bit to rebuild the economy?
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14/01/2021 11:42:58 3 6
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The comment was focussed around the 'loo-roll' behaviour. Buying up all the holiday slots while the rest of us work to survive. We've suffered to protect that age group, now they are skipping away while we are left damaged.
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14/01/2021 11:25:10 78 30
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What kind of signal does this give the rest of the under 50's population who'll probably still be stuck indoors? How can they be asked to stick to one set of guidelines whilst the boomers are off on their Saga jollies!
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14/01/2021 11:43:07 77 3
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I have noticed that the definition of "Boomers" is becoming increasingly elastic. It originally referred to those born in the post-war baby boom of the late 40s.
Now it seems to mean anyone born before 1970!!
The baby boom did NOT last 25 years! In fact birth rate went down considerably in the 60s when the pill came in.
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14/01/2021 11:55:04 31 3
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These days it seems to mean anyone older than you who you have an indirect, baseless grudge against.
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14/01/2021 12:30:41 13 1
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I always thought the 'Baby Boomer' tag covered too long a period. Someone born in the 1940's has pretty much nothing in common with someone born in the 60's. Most of those born in the 60's are still working; some who had kids later in life, still even have uni students living at home.
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14/01/2021 14:00:35 5 0
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Boomers has always been 1946 - 1964
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14/01/2021 15:09:59 1 1
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Stop using facts! Millennials don't like it!
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14/01/2021 11:43:14 4 1
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What inane ‘Getty Images’ that BBC always choose! This occurs in every BBC article. What is that all about?
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14/01/2021 11:31:59 23 27
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Glad that the most selfish generation in history have something to look forward to at least. *rolls eyes*

Meanwhile, nothing but lockdown, isolation, financial and mental health problems for us younger generations.
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14/01/2021 11:43:15 0 5
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You are welcome, suck it up you miserable snowflakes. Meanwhile we will party and spend our bountiful savings. Pahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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14/01/2021 11:43:38 6 8
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Good on them!

They've been sitting indoors for 12 months watching; politicians, civil servants, footballers, celebrities, university students, conspiracy theorists and all rights-marchers, galivanting about not giving two-hoots about anyone else ... and they've now decided it's their turn.

Can't exactly blame'em !!
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14/01/2021 12:38:00 0 2
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Yes you can. Copying stupid is really very stupid.
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14/01/2021 11:43:48 5 7
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So glad all these over 50’s and 65’s are using their vaccine to swan off overseas and support tourism industries in far flung countries.

How about book UK holidays and support local businesses!
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14/01/2021 12:03:01 0 1
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"We are going to Wales, Leicestershire, to York where there is a mystery tour - and to the Cotswolds'", Dawn said.

Not sure where you live but can't imagine Leicester being far-flung from anywhere in the UK !!!
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14/01/2021 13:07:58 0 0
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Most local businesses will be long gone.
Do you think the economic/business crisis has bypassed touristy areas?
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14/01/2021 11:43:48 8 13
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Nice to see that the age group that makes up the majority of covid deniers is now rushing to snap up holidays.

Boomers, the "me me me" generation.
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14/01/2021 11:47:58 2 3
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I am a boomer. I am working full time. Never been 'me,me,me', but HMG taking what previous year's birthdays were entitled to. However, contributed to NI and Tax all my working life, and only sit behind a desk for work. I am certainly not a COVID denier, and nor are my parents. We had interest rates of 10% on our mortgages, and struggled to make ends meet. You?
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14/01/2021 11:54:12 0 2
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I was born in the '50's. Just post war with rationing still in place. Poverty meant more than not having a TV or i phone. It meant not having shoes. My generation is used to putting up and making do. It is the '70's onwards generation who continually shout about "thier rights" to do exactly what they want at someone elses expense, and blame others for the consequences.
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14/01/2021 11:22:17 11 9
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Good on them, without optimism we are nothing
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14/01/2021 11:44:11 5 5
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Greed. The same people we are protecting flee and leave us to settle the bill (rebuild and recover)
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14/01/2021 11:21:59 18 14
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No harm in making a booking if the payment is secure. We have to start hoping for a more positive outlook in the summer.
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14/01/2021 11:44:13 6 3
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That's a big "if" considering how travellers struggled to get refunds last year.
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14/01/2021 11:44:18 6 3
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With a chance of getting a vacc sometime towards end of February (hopefully) this 'oldy' still won't be going anywhere 'cos we don't know if vaccinated people can't still pass on the virus. I don't want ANYONE to catch it so after care homes why aren't we prioritizing Police, "essential shop" staff, Posties, delivery drivers, helping me stay at home safe, warm, fed. Plus, no holiday since 2016...
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14/01/2021 11:44:27 1 1
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Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
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14/01/2021 11:44:30 3 2
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5 holidays?
Test and trace step up your game, or find out for definite if this can still be contagious
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14/01/2021 11:39:36 10 18
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I take it berxits who are over 50 will be avoiding vile Europe now that they can't take their own spam and beans with them in their trailers?
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14/01/2021 11:44:34 3 3
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I take it you'll be moving to Europe you can spit your dummy out there as much as you want
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14/01/2021 11:44:48 1 5
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I hear that Sheerings has just been relaunched. Their first offer is a five day tour of English crematoria.
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14/01/2021 11:47:01 0 2
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*Shearings
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14/01/2021 11:26:24 3 8
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as long as they didn't vote brexit they will be fine.

if they did, they are in for a rude awakening at the borders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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14/01/2021 11:44:59 1 1
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How does that work then?
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14/01/2021 11:53:16 2 1
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Presumably never taken a holiday outside of the EU. Even before Covid arrived there were plenty of countries that had very little red tape when it came to tourists.
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14/01/2021 11:45:04 5 4
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Nobody should be allowed in to the country until everyone ((including those in the country illegally) is vaccinated, schools are fully open and the NHS is fully open for all procedures. Anything else is total stupidity and risks wasting again the sacrifices made by many of the population to get through this. By all means leave but no return until the above criteria are met.
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14/01/2021 11:36:33 8 12
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I expect they'll celebrate by jacking up all our rents to pay for their holidays.
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14/01/2021 11:45:20 0 3
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YEP. Pahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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14/01/2021 11:45:21 8 4
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Rules are not going to be relaxed just because the over 70’s have had a jab. Over 50’s, younger people with health problems and key workers such as dustman, flight crew, bus drivers and supermarket workers will not be inoculated until July / August.

The old need to show similar restraint and respect for younger age groups, as the young have shown them in the last twelve months.