Are Priti Patel, Dominic Raab and Elizabeth Truss right to say British workers are among the worst idlers in the world?
British workers are "among the worst idlers in the world", a group of Conservative MPs has claimed.
The UK "rewards laziness", does not encourage risk-taking and must strive to emulate the work ethic and low-tax culture in parts of Asia, the five MPs argue in a book due out next month.
The authors include Elizabeth Truss and Dominic Raab, both tipped to be promoted in a future reshuffle.
"Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work," they argue.
The other contributors to Britannia Unchained are Priti Patel, Chris Skidmore and Kwasi Kwarteng, influential members of the "class of 2010" - MPs elected to Parliament at the last election.
- Jack HLv 73 weeks agoBest Answer
A quick translation of their statement is, we're going to break the Unions, take away worker protection, destroy health and safety at work and reduce wages, because we want bigger profits... whenever any of the buggers have been involved in anything non politics related, they buggered it up...
- ZedLv 63 weeks ago
Thats a 6 year old article and as we all know ANYONE can claim to be British , even if they are from Mogadishu.
The worst idlers are british muslim women.
- LudwigLv 63 weeks ago
Priti Patel should never have been allowed back into a government position, after she was caught making unauthorised visits to Israel.
- 3 weeks ago
It is racist to say that
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- Huh?Lv 73 weeks ago
No, it's just a propaganda line to push their image of a low-tax, laissez faire libertarian model for the British economy. In reality, if they had their way, they'd turn Britain into a low-wage sweatshop for Europe.
They say Britain should 'strive to emulate the work ethic and low-tax culture in parts of Asia'. Do you really want your kids and grandkids to be working 50+ hours a week and living in company dormitories while assembling mobile phones for a British equivalent of Foxconn?
- 3 weeks ago
If they are then we're going to see a massive dip in productivity if we end freedom of movement of labour
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
Yes, they are right.
- Land-sharkLv 73 weeks ago
Presumably that bunch of self-righteous MPs think they're onto something new. It's just a pathetic excuse to justify cuts and lack of investment. Doubtless the Nasty Party thinks it can get away with being 'horrid' while Labour looks less-electable?
- numbnuts222Lv 73 weeks ago
Risk taking is great when you are already wealthy and there are no consequences, if you aren't then the reason why it's called a risk is that the majority of the time it doesn't come off and the results have consequences
- robert xLv 73 weeks ago
yes they are right in some instances, but the cause is down to bad management poor pay and social issues brought about by poor government poor education and poor attitudes by society towards blue collar / service and care type workers.