What a ridiculous situation in England where retail stores over a 280 square metre floor-space are forced to close their doors at the end of SIX HOURS continuous trading on Sunday.
This means that large stores, supermarkets etc., must close their doors by 4 p.m. if they started trading at 10 a.m.
The latest they can stay open is 6 p.m. if they started at midday but most stick at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The stores that advertise 24 hour opening have to comply with the Sunday law and thus they close at 4 p.m. and re-open at one minute past midnight on Monday.
This stupid law, some twenty years old now, makes no sense to me. Employees are protected if they do NOT wish to work on Sundays. An employee CANNOT be dismissed or treated in an unfavourable way for choosing not to work on Sundays.
This Sunday trading law seems to be something to do with religion, in my opinion. If it is, then what about Jewish employees who are contracted to work on Saturdays? If it is NOT about religion then what? Why should Sunday be any different from the rest of the week.
All our political 'leaders' claim to be believers in God or some other deity as far as I know. Most of them seem to me to be somewhat two-faced or downright liars. If Janus were still a God, as the Romans once thought, then politicians would most likely kowtow to Janus, usually depicted with two faces!
Stuff the Sunday laws!
(I'm nipping out to Asda before they close!)