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A group of young Conservative MPs, including Priti Patel, are blaming Britain’s economic malaise on “lazy” workers who cannot compete with Asian nations in the global marketplace.
A group of young Conservative MPs are blaming Britain’s economic malaise on “lazy” workers who cannot compete with Asian nations in the global marketplace.
Five prominent MPs -- all under the age of 40 -- are set to publish a book called “Britannia Unchained: Global Growth and Prosperity,” which castigates unmotivated British employees and also condemns the older Baby Boom generation (now in its 60s and 70s) for wanting to raise taxes on the young in order to guarantee them substantial pensions.
“Too many people in Britain, we argue, prefer a lie-in to hard work,” the group stated.
“Britain will never be as big as China or Brazil, but we can look forward to a new generation, ready to get to work. If we are to take advantage of these opportunities, we must get on the side of the responsible, the hard-working and the brave. We must stop bailing out the reckless, avoiding all risk and rewarding laziness.”
“We work among the lowest hours; we retire early, and our productivity is poor,” they added.
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They see the economic crisis as a “wake-up call” for Britain to rediscover its tradition of hard work.
The five MPs -- Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore, Elizabeth Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng -- characterize British workers as one of the “worst idlers” and has requested Prime Minister David Cameron to overhaul the private and public sector along the lines of tough, efficient Asian workplace models (like fast-growing South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, rather than the tired, faltering European example.
Interestingly, Patel and Kwarteng are from ethnic minorities that tend to support Labour rather than the Tories.
“We need to look beyond Europe for economic success,” Kwarteng said, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“We should be starting now. There is no reason why we can’t be pushing ahead with a lot of this. Boris [Johnson, the mayor of London], when he talks about big infrastructure projects, deregulation and cutting taxes, is absolutely on the money.”
Johnson, the colorful Conservative mayor, has urged Cameron to start massive infrastructure projects to revitalize the UK economy.
Kwarteng also declared that strident conservatives like himself represent a rising force within the Tory establishment.
“There is definitely a new Right, which is much more international in its focus,” he told the London Evening Standard. “The old Tory Right are a busted flush.”
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