One notes, one must say rather wearily, that a group of new Tory MP's have published a book called 'Britannia Unchained'.
One of its bon mots runs as follows -
"The British are among the worst idlers in the world. We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor. Whereas Indian children aspire to be doctors or businessmen, the British are more interested in football and pop music."
Given the stridency of the views expressed, one would have to ask just how many ordinary British people with ordinary British jobs the authors actually know. My money would be that they don't know any low-waged British people at all. Not one. Probably never met one. If they think the British work low hours, they are in cloud cuckoo-land. They thus give every indication that they don't know what they're talking about, and in my opinion this passage indicates that they are off their bloody trolleys. If they believe that Indian children are somehow more worthy than British children on account of their aspirations -a rather ugly inference I'm afraid I can't help drawing from a simple reading of their own words - would they prefer British children to be motivated by the same appalling conditions of poverty as those in which some Indian children have to live? Given the statement, the question doesn't seem unreasonable.
In one sense, however, they prove their own case. So little economic activity has actually taken place in this country for so long that we are now top heavy with Big Picture people like the authors of this book, their heads full of ideology but without a bloody clue about how things bloody work. If you want to make the British work harder, show them a good example and get a proper bloody job. Do something. You're always saying we need more entrepreneurs. Well, put your own or your bank's money where your mouth is and start a business. Are they all too scared of becoming just another statistic in this country's appalling new business failure rate? Or is hassling the rest of us what really gets them going?
Save us, O Lord, from the right-wing nutters.