According to the Daily Mirror, five Tory backbenchers have said in a book: “Too many people in Britain, we argue, prefer a lie-in to hard work … Once they enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world … We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor.”
MP John Prescott wrote “The five Tory MPs calling British workers ‘lazy” have only ever been ex Tory advisors & Tory think tank wonks”.
That’s not quite true. Some of them have been employed in back-breaking, minimum wage roles like management, “advising”, press offices and consultancy.
The five are:
- Kwasi Kwarteng, who lived the pitifully low-paid life of an analyst in financial services before becoming an MP
- Dominic Raab started his career as an international lawyer at Linklaters, a law firm in the City, working on project finance, international litigation and competition law. He was then a civil servant, and finally an “adviser” before becoming an MP
- Chris Skidmore worked for David Willetts and Michael Gove as an advisor, before being selected to fight his home seat of Kingswood seat in 2009.
- Elizabeth Truss: “Prior to entering Parliament, Elizabeth was Deputy Director at the think-tank Reform, where she advocated more rigorous academic standards in schools, a greater focus on tackling serious and organised crime and urgent action to deal with Britain’s falling competitiveness. Elizabeth worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for ten years as a commercial manager and economics director and is a qualified management accountant.” Ten whole years of gruelling commercial management. Imagine!
- Priti Patel who worked at Conservative Central Office, moving to Sir James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party, heading the press office. She then left politics and worked as a midwife, a nurse, then a careworker in a home for the elderly in a deprived area of Liverpool. Ha ha! I’m joking: she worked for Weber Shandwick, a public affairs consultancy, before becoming an MP.
UK workers work the third-longest hours in Europe.