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The horror, the horror

The price rises put family holidays in jeopardy, with the cost of flying to eight of the top 20 most popular destinations in Europe climbing year-on-year.

The median cost of a return trip from London to Alicante in Spain has jumped from £20 to £50, 150pc more than a year ago, according to Kayak.com, a travel search engine.

Flights to Faro and Lisbon soared by 72pc and 83pc respectively, rising to £43 and £42.

5 hours minimum wage labour to travel 2.000 km.

The horror.

24 thoughts on “The horror, the horror”

  1. But as Part of the Great Reset most people other than those selected by the WEF won’t be able to travel abroad (or indeed even in the UK!) so this is hardly a surprise. ‘You will own nothing and be happy and your holidays will be taken in the Metaverse’

    I cannot emphasize enough this is the future. It has already been decided by the WEF and the UN and every other global supranational organization. The current aspirational lifestyle is unsustainable and must be reserved for an appointed elite. Those that like a cheap trip to Alicante can do it virtually. Don’t like it – tough. Every party in the Uk and in Europe (practically) is committed to to it!

  2. 5 hours minimum wage labour to travel 2.000 km.

    Now compare that with the on-the-spot rail ticket from Newcastle to London.

    Flying is ludicrously cheap nowadays, mostly because of the low cost carriers that people piss-and-moan about. The simple existence of those low cost carriers preventing the National Flaggers from spiralling ticket prices far above what plebs like me could possibly afford.

    I’m looking forward to yet another 3 weeks in Southern France this year, courtesy of a rather barebones flight from RyanAir of which the flight will probably be one of the cheaper items.

  3. V_P is correct, they want us out of the skies and out of our cars. But it’s a fantasy of cloth-eared idiots. Idiots in the dictionary definition, people who live in a world of their own. They think THEY can manage without US. Which is the reverse of the true situation. It’s coming home to roost as their daft plans appear more and more ridiculous.

    And as for that idea that the world could manage with 1 billion of the ‘elites’, or half a billion or whatever, I don’t think they realise just how many folks are required to make a pin or a pencil, let alone a Gulfstream V.

    A question for the forum. Just how big a reduction in the population of the world could happen before it began to unravel? I reckon it might be as low as 10%, if randomly selected. Up to 50% if I could pick ’em.

  4. @rhoda klapp

    In any organisation there are 10% of people who basically do the bulk of the work, 80% of people who are there to fill roles/seats/desks etc (to create little empires for managers) and 10% of people who actively need to be got rid of as they sabotage anything that is going on.

    So, I’d agree – if you lost the top 10% then civilisation would stop. In fact, if you were allowed to pick and targeted the other 90% you’d probably still be okay.

  5. Rhoda, I think we could start at the top with people like Soros,Gates,WEF,and work our way down to a point just past politicians, journalists and Hollywood without any appreciable lessening of our quality of life.

  6. Since we seem to have forgotten how to run an airline industry, all this may be academic. I wouldn’t count my Southern French chickens, John Galt.

  7. A question for the forum. Just how big a reduction in the population of the world could happen before it began to unravel? I reckon it might be as low as 10%, if randomly selected. Up to 50% if I could pick ’em.

    The problem is that the WEF’s, Bilderberg’s and the rest of these idiots see too much money being spent on “Useless Eaters” (literally the quote from Klaus Schwab’s book. So if you engineer crisis after crisis you can get rid of those who contribute nothing to their globalised world, which includes several billion subsistence level.

    You’ve then got replicated national industries across various nations providing “excessive choice and fomenting competition” across the globe. These could be reduced to a single monopoly pin maker, nail maker, steel manufacturer, etc and all the people who’ve been made redundant can be (again) cast into the void.

    Finally, automating the monopoly manufacturing and service industries to reduce any-and-all excess manpower with the redundant (once again) cast out into the void.

    So if this utopian vision of the elites could be fulfilled, then it would seem to me that somewhere between 90%-95% of the population could be permanently done away with, bringing the global population down to 750-330 million people, which is around and about their stated goal of achieving a sustainable population of 500 million.

    The problem with all of this is who will be doing the choosing (Klaus Schwab & Co.) and who will be doing the “casting out into the void”? It can’t be through pandemics of genetically engineered viruses because that is hard to target without giving the game away by vaccinating only those you want to live.

    In addition, the more this goes on, the more obvious it becomes and the elite don’t trust their own security teams not to realise what’s going on and whack them before they’ve finished.

    I’m sure it keeps Klaus Schwab up at nights.

  8. Since we seem to have forgotten how to run an airline industry, all this may be academic. I wouldn’t count my Southern French chickens, John Galt.

    Strangely enough, all of these problems don’t seem to have affected the Scottish airports. Not sure why, might just be the lower population density, so still looking at a reasonably smooth journey to Toulouse or thereabouts at the end of August.

  9. I’m sure there’s some eugenics in there somewhere.
    In my fevered imagination I see a conspiracy to weaponise a new virus. The virus is pretty harmless but the “vaccine” the elite prescribes for its elimination renders the vaccinated infertile.
    The elite will lead by “example”, getting themselves photographed being injected with saline, or by compulsion, “no jab no job”.
    People will still want babies, of course. No problem. Females are born with around 25,000 eggs and males produce unlimited numbers of spermatozoa. A bit of matching elite pairs in vitro and presto! the problem of the hereditary underclass is solved.

  10. J-G: You’re describing Asimov’s Solaria. Surely meant as a warning not a playbook.

    Not quite, since Solaria was always subject to high levels of robotics and extreme population control.

    What the likes of Schwab and the population controllers want is a way of getting to that scenario without getting blood on their own hands (“It just happened, out of nowhere”), losing power or being murdered for their ambitions.

    As for Solaria being a playbook, it ain’t my playbook, it’s theirs. You can be sure that I am absolutely on their list of “Useless eaters to be exterminated ASAP”, for my political views alone if nothing else.

  11. rhoda klapp

    I agree you may think that it’ll unravel but advances in AI and Machine Learning mean that robots might well replace many of us so they may not require as many as you think. Also even taking into account things like the number of people following Richard Murphy there’s an awful lot of people who will enjoy being enslaved….

  12. philip

    Data coming out of Norway and Germany suggests the vaccine causes huge levels of infertility so phase 1 has worked far better than they ever thought possible. For other contributors, there are many strands to this plan

    – Lockdowns
    – Net Zero
    – Trans rights
    – Critical race Theory

    All are designed to kill people off through despair or various other means. Be under no illusion, these people are determined to reduce population along the lines John Galt suggests and will go to any lengths to see that happens

  13. Also even taking into account things like the number of people following Richard Murphy there’s an awful lot of people who will enjoy being enslaved….

    But they won’t be “enslaved” since that doesn’t solve the problem, just means that people are couped up in cages doing their “Useless Eating” with guards required to keep them locked up.

    Nope, extermination is the only way, ideally with them paying the costs of their own exit AND being unable to prove they are being exterminated.

    The manufactured bat virus was a shitty prototype (probably escaped too soon), but it does show a model of how they might do it and I agree that “Kill Shots” pretending to be vaccines for the plebs only will likely be a feature, with the televised vaccinations of the elite (as Biden did in his faked up Oval Office studio), being merely a recipient of a “null” saline shot.

  14. I’ve never understood the merit of a vaccine as a means. Because it potentially risks selecting for the naturally awkward or sceptical. Whilst that might be helpful in terms of who you want to keep (at the younger age level, the old don’t matter), it strikes me as a higher risk strategy for anyone doing the planning…

    The data on infertility is curious. It’s a fair number of countries now showing some sort of initial variation, though more months are needed to understand just how real it might (or might not) be.

  15. John Galt

    I had in mind the successful ‘Project Fear’ campaigns that got such support for lockdown (probably a failure on my part!) – slaves to the narrative of Global Warming/ Climate change rather than literal slaves. I do think the WEF was looking at something along the lines of the Nazi Concentration camps (I note Australia and New Zealand started them for the unvaccinated) so the food supply would be negligible and they’d work people to death. Totally agree on extermination as the end goal of their program for sure. The evidence is pretty incontrovertible now!

  16. Recently drove 3 days 2,200km and around $300 in fuel at current costs plus overnight stays and food.

    Flew back, flight is 2.5 hours and cost $170 and includes non-alcoholic drink, a sandwich and a warm cookie.

    Had fuel prices not increased I’d still have spent more on fuel alone than the plane ticket

  17. Any one else have doubts about those prices? I was pretty familiar with cheap flights Gatwick/Malaga & I’ve never travelled one way for £20 let alone return. Sure I’ve seen pretty cheap in the flat months but not in the holiday season. Last time I flew down was in late May some years ago & the cheapest was £80.
    Sure I’ve seen very low prices listed on EasyJet. But when you try booking it, it’s magically vanished.

  18. As an aside, people are weird. I’ve known them travel at ungody hours simply to save 10 quid. And then do best part of a grand in a week while they’re down here.

  19. @BiS: The problem as I see it is that the headline price for something like Ryanair might well be £10 if booked very early or very late in the season, but once you’ve added all the optional-but-mandatory stuff like a single walk-on travel case both ways, etc. all of a sudden it’s somewhere North of £50.

    If you were travelling between two homes (so no luggage), alone (so no seat reservations), going out early in the season and coming back late in the season you might be able to do it for their headline fare of £10 each way or whatever.

  20. @JG
    It’s something I did a few times when I was commuting sometimes 3 or 4 times a week. I’d see a flight offered on the landing page for say £16. Since it never mattered to me what time or day I flew – I just had to be at one end or the other – I’d try & book it. And end up with one for considerably more. And I used to fly with just the contents of my pockets. No reason to drag stuff backwards & forwards.
    I always presumed there was one seat available at that price ( if it existed) that was gone before you got to it. It’s a common advertising trick, isn’t it? From £(whatever) Which is always sold out.
    There is definitely a thing with some of these booking systems that you’ll see a deal, but when you go back to buy it it’s gone. They cookie you. Go back in through a different browser with a different IP & it reappears. Presumably the count on people, having made the choice, not baulking at the increase. Sort of variation on sunk cost.

  21. @BiS: Ah, yes. Not just cookie trapped but IP trapped. Although only travelling back and forth once a year nowadays we avoid this trap by headlining the price and then using the iPad over the VPN to book.

    Best to check both ways from both countries as well. The same flight from EDI -> BOD could well be cheaper if purchased from a French IP address than a UK IP address.

    I’m sure there’s some confusing logic to it all hidden behind the wiring of the matrix, but I’m buggered if I can follow it.

  22. I once flew with a colleague Stansted – Dublin return for a quid each way on Ryanair. But that was about 20 years ago.

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