Something about this whole farrago absolutely stinks. No matter who you are, I just cannot see that you can get something like this so badly wrong, so consistently, by accident.
Cummings is the absolute master manipulator and is no doubt pulling all of the strings on this one.
To me this all fits in with what would seem to be their plan to get herd immunity back off the ground by the back door.
The utterly vague easing of restrictions so that the lockdown can mean whatever you want it to mean was the start of it, and now they're creating a situation (just in time for a nice sunny Bank Holiday Monday, no less) whereby certain sections of society will be starting to ask "if they don't have to obey the lockdown, then why should I?". You know, I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if the Civil Service tweet was all part of the setup to sow the seeds of discontent.
How the feck does a man receiving illicit payments into a Monaco bank account in his dog's name manage to get off a charge of tax evasion?
Likewise, John Terry's claims that he never called Anton Ferdinand a "f*cking black c*nt", but merely repeated back to him what he thought AF had said in the first place seemed to be enough to acquit him.
Less than an hour after PMQs and this has already been sent to Boris:
Kier Starmer calling on Boris Johnson to return to Commons to "correct the record" from PMQs. The PM has never been a "details person". Starmer has been quite effective at highlighting this. pic.twitter.com/KAKaPWbO5P
Those of you who have 12+ month gym contracts will probably have had them frozen for the period during which they're prevented from opening. If yours are anything like mine (Bannatyne), the frozen period won't count towards your initial contract length, and will only be valid whilst closure is enforced (even though, to my mind, you cannot safely run a gym whilst social distancing is in place).
Likewise, given everything is so uncertain at the moment, who knows if some of us will be able to afford outgoings such as gym memberships going forwards.
That's where the principle of 'frustration of contract' comes in. A contract is frustrated if:
1) An unexpected incident 2) Outside the parties' control 3) Makes performance impossible or radically different from that which the parties contemplated at the time of entering into the contract
In the event of frustration, the contract becomes voidable at the point at which the frustration occurred. I don't think that anyone could argue that the current restrictions do not fit the three criteria above.
Long story short, I contacted Bannatyne about this and put my case to them. They agreed to cancel my contract as of 17th March (the date at which social distancing was introduced), and also agreed to refund the portion of my March payment covering 17/03-31/03. Interestingly enough, their response to me kindly asked that I not tell anyone about this - which leads me to believe that:
a) They know it's a valid reason b) They're sh*tting themselves lest people find out they have an absolute right to cancel
Even if you're looking at keeping your membership, it might be worthwhile going down this route. I wouldn't be surprised if, once they're allowed to open again, gyms start throwing out some juicy new-member offers.