The Sunday Telegraph reports that some leading Conservatives have called for an extension to retail opening hours on Sundays. Trading restrictions on bigger stores have been dropped for six weeks this summer to coincide with the Olympics. The ministers are said to be keen to use this as a springboard for longer hours to be allowed permanently. However, Liberal Democrats oppose such a move, which would also likely be fought by unions, small businesses and the Church.
For many a year and way back to The Sunday Trading Act 1994 has been an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom governing the right of shops in England and Wales to trade on a Sunday. Buying and selling on Sunday had previously been illegal, with exceptions, under the Shops Act 1950.
On many occasions successive governments have tried for a change to enable retail outlets to open on Sunday! This will if allowed to happen under this government l can see many a family unit suffering! We already have lost the time when families would sit around the dinner table to share a meal, has gone by the way of the dodo! So this leaves the only day when all the family can spend time together with their children.
It has always seemed that shop keepers and now certain retail outlets have expected their workers to turn in come rain or shine, whilst managers and directors are languishing by their pools!
So l say a resounding NO! to Sunday opening not on religious grounds, not on be a kill-joy but for the good of harmony in households!
Sunday should be a family day to break bread and share together!
- Extended Sunday trading hours ‘major breach of trust’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Sunday shop laws halted for Games (bbc.co.uk)