More flexible opening hours would be a good start. Sunday openings..., opening over lunch-time.
The list is endless.
The freeze is almost like a monopoly which has the full support of the government. Last Sunday, taking advantage of Sunday opening, I tried to do my Christmas shopping. It was a failure. Now I understand why more and more people in the Balearics are doing their shopping on the Internet.
Dome MK II
A definite maybe is the only way to describe the British government's statement yesterday about the plans for a national soccer and athletics stadium. Wembley has been confirmed as the choice of the Football Association surprise, surprise and the government says it will back it provided that the FA shows it is capable of managing what Tessa Jowell, the minister concerned, called this enormously complex project. If by next April the many still outstanding problems about Wembley are not satisfactorily resolved the government might transfer its support to Birmingham or might decide to wash its hands of the whole affair, leaving England without a national stadium to its name. Many people will think that Birmingham should have been the first and only choice. It is geographically central and the businessmen and local authorities of Britain's second city have demonstrated that they have the necessary vision and competence to handle a project of this kind by the way they have developed the National Exhibition Centre over the past thirty years.
Ms Jowell, who is far from being an impressive parliamentary performer, was not able to tell the House of Commons yesterday why Wembley is such an enormously complicated project. Other countries are able to put up national stadiums quickly and satisfactorily in the time that it has taken the government and the Football Association to argue about the project. Too many people have been involved from the start and too many special interests have been pursued. If the government is not careful it will have a second Dometype disaster on its hands.