Bank holidays make May favourite month of year

It could well be that you are currently walking with a slight spring in your step, safe in the knowledge that this week will be shorter than most.

Friday, 8th May 2015, 9:00 am
Blaise Tapp.

The world seems a better place during Bank Holiday week, if you don’t have to work them of course, and this one was no different. Plenty of booze, laughter, football and even a bit of gardening thrown in for good measure

May is often cited by some as their favourite month of the year due to the fact that it is bookended by two bank holidays.

If one thing is guaranteed to lift a nation it is the prospect of three days away from the office.

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Which is why it is a mystery that there are fewer Bank Holidays granted to the Great British worker than those in almost any other country. The only place where folk are worse off than we are is that last bastion of workers’ rights, Mexico, with seven bank holidays, compared to our pitiful eight.

The good people of Finland are the envy of the world due to their 15 annual bank holidays, while the Turkish workforce bizarrely receives 14.5 extra days off.

While the hard headed bean counters among you may argue that our GDP is greater than those listed, partly due to the fact they aren’t sitting around swigging Pastis and playing boules.

But I would disagree. Yes the economy, although shuddering slightly, is improving but surely a happier, less worked society would be an even more productive one.

While it may not be an election clincher, the red faced folk who in the past few weeks have frantically panted up and down our streets shoving badly written election leaflets through our letterboxes could have done worse than promising us more time away from the laptop.

Rather than vague pledges of putting a few extra quid in our pockets I would much prefer another day in bed or one spent in a beer garden.

But out-of-touch decision makers would not dream of seriously threatening to realign our work-life balance because that would mean them actually delivering something tangible to the electorate.