Is it very fair to expect a ferry company to operate all year around, when only the summer months are profitable? Why must they take a financial hit in the winter, being bullied into only being able to keep their ramp permit if they provide a service all year long?
Surely in the classic free market the abundant times should be available to all comers with open competition, and if the winter time is loss-making than the States should - if they insist upon having a service provided - put those months' service out to tender and subsidise it?
Or am I missing something? (I daresay I could be... so let's hear from you....)