I have been gemused to see our "respected" politicians bleating and whining over the last few months over the "disgrace" of parents taking their kids out of school during term time for a holiday (somewhat ironic given how many weeks off per annum MPs award themselves).
The MPs, following "logic" that only people who are totally disconnected from reality can employ, bemoan the fact that holidays are more expensive during the school holiday season than when kids are safely incarcerated in one of Nanny's schools.
Here is a reality check for Nanny, that's known as market forces!
During term time the demand for holidays is less than during school breaks, hence the holiday companies etc charge less during this period in order to drum up demand.
Sigh, if only Nanny had the slightest inclination of how the real world operates!
Anyhoo, as befitting one of Nanny's many bees in her bonnet, she won't let the matter rest as Center Parcs have found to their cost.
Step forward Nanny's chums from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), who have banned a Center Parcs TV advert.
ASA deem it to be irresponsible.
It allegedly "encourages" parents to take their kids out of school during term time.
How many people complained about the advert?
TWO! (doubtless a couple of Nanny's stooges)
Based on that veritable flood of complaints, ASA has banned the advert.
As per the BBC, ASA said:
"We considered the emphasis of the ad was on a family break and that the overall impression was that families could take advantage of the advertised offer, which was not available at weekends or during school holidays.
We also noted the final on-screen text stated 'Your family. Your time', which we considered was likely to be an encouragement for parents to take up the offer.
Because the ad had focused on a family break to promote an offer which was available only during term time, we concluded it irresponsibly encouraged parents to take their children out of school."
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