Tories claim credit for EU Directive giving greater rights to holidaymakers.

So the Scottish and Northern Irish schools have broken up and people are starting to head for the sun. Although, to be honest, they might as well have stayed at home this year. I’ll bet you by the time I head to the Highlands at the end of August, the weather will have well and truly broken.

Anyway, I digress. Anyone heading on a package holiday will have greater rights today. This is not because of anything that the Tories have done, although they show they have the brassiest neck in the history of the universe by claiming credit for it.

It takes you back to those bad old days of the coalition where the Tories would take credit for everything that was popular – which were mostly Lib Dem ideas.

So it’s not the Tories who brought about this change. It is, in fact, the EU. You know, that fabulous institution they are desperate to leave without even a safety net.

Here’s the proof.

So what rights do we get?

They reckon that 120 million passengers will benefit, saving 430 million euros. If you buy linked products from a single trader, and that operator goes bust, you will be protected.

We also get better cancellation rights and better price protection.

Do share this with any Leave voters you know who like to travel…..

And check out Tory press officers for long noses…

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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8 Comments

  • nigel hunter 2nd Jul '18 - 10:17pm

    During the coalition the party did not blow its own trumpet very strongly. This must NOT happen ANY MORE. Disingenuous comments should be sharply countermanded WITH the proof. No doubt if they get away with this they will continue ‘stealing’ EU directives to enhance their position with the voters. They know we need the EU, only the 1950- throw backs refuse to believe it.

  • Perhaps the time is right for a social media gorilla campaign, putting the Conservatives name to various other things they might like to claim as their own such as EU wide Mobile roaming charges, data protection rights etc. …

  • Brian J Evans 3rd Jul '18 - 8:09am

    I’m sorry, Roland, while I heartily endorse your sentiments and agree with the needs they seek to address, we don’t help our cause if we advocate animal assistance rather than appropriate human strategies … what you are asking for is a GUERRILLA campaign.

  • @Brian – thanks for observation and correction – although perhaps as part of the guerrilla campaign there could be one claiming how the conservatives have helped Gorilla conservation 🙂

  • Why the surprise? After all, Theresa May comes out of every EU meeting having ‘made good progress’ and with ‘much agreed’.
    As for holidays; this lovely UK weather is clearly down to the excellent, behind the scenes, lobbying by CCHQ; credit where credit is due, please.

  • Graham Martin-Royle 3rd Jul '18 - 9:20am

    It’s this attitude over the last 40 odd years that has turned so many people against the EU. Too many politicians (supported by too many media reports) have claimed ownership of everything good coming out of the EU while blaming the EU for anything that the populace don’t like. This, over the years, has turned far too many people away from the EU and was part of the reason the referendum was lost.

  • Peter Martin 3rd Jul '18 - 10:00am

    Politicians will always be politicians. They’ll claim good ideas as their and take take credit for them. They’ll blame their own bad ideas on others. We see that in all walks of life. I doubt we can ever change that.

    They want to win elections so they’ll do whatever it takes to win them. Usually that’s a good thing. For example, there is clear evidence that the Tory/Lib Dem coalition started to wind back austerity measures sometime around 2013 and the reality dawned on them that they would otherwise lose the 2015 election.

    So if the EU wants to be more popular it needs to play the same democratic game too. It can’t be as rigid as it is on such matters as the “four freedoms” and on economic matters, and expect to be popular too. It does need to ask the voters what they think.

  • William Fowler 3rd Jul '18 - 10:01am

    The EU has a dept of consumer affairs, if you threaten a Brit company with reporting them to this institution when in a dispute – rather than the various UK bodies – their reaction is near panic and the problem is suddenly solved. Tells you all you need to know about how UK business and our govn work together in stark contrast to how the press reports things.

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