Hard work and no profit (The Fortnightly Review).

It’s politicians, of course, who are advocates of the ethic of hard work. They’re forever talking about “hard working families”, and encouraging us to graft more. They’re always claiming they’re hard workers themselves. That most of them are, I don’t doubt. It’s just that most of their efforts result in the inevitable failure of botched, expensive, short-term, counter-productive policies. We’d be better off if they sat on their backsides all day doing nothing but watch repeats of The Professionals on Dave. If only Gordon Brown had been less of a workaholic and more of a slacker we wouldn’t be destined for years of austerity and the bleating denialism of the BBC and Guardian.

Read on at The Fortnightly Review.

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