The proposed new five-pound note, feat. Winston Churchill, will include his “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” quote.
The current British government are obsessed with hard work. Obsessed with it.
It’s not enough for them to supposedly work hard for their public’s interests but every other Brit — including children, the elderly, and disabled people — must also work their fingers to the bone.
Iain Duncan Smith’s Social Justice Strategy damns a million welfare recipients as scroungers. George Osborne announced a budget designed to help “hard-working families” and “those who want to get on”. And now Michael Gove is proposing longer school days and shorter school holidays. These Tories are true enemies of liberty.
When are we to find the time in which to nourish ourselves? When will we read good books? When will we cook? When will we fart around?
Needless to say, we at New Escapologist are not fond of hard work for the sake of itself. We advise you to turn your back on the politicians’ work-and-austerity speedball. Ignore it and it will go away. It’s not a real thing.
Public servants ought to be be just that. Don’t let them get above their station by telling the rest of us how and when to work.
If we must have a Churchill speech bubble on the fiver (and why not fiscally revere a pig in a hat?) I suggest this one:
The rest and the spell of sleep in the middle of the day refresh the human frame … We were not made by Nature to work, or even play, from eight o’clock in the morning till midnight.