Britons told to work harder

2012-05-13 08:30

London - There is only one way Britons can drag their country out of recession: "work harder", Foreign Secretary William Hague said in an interview published on Sunday.

Hague said Britain's national work ethic had been declining for decades, with people convinced they could "live on expanded debt forever, rather than having to earn what we spend".

Britain sank back in recession last month after the economy shrank again in the first quarter, but the government has stuck by its deep spending cuts despite concerns they undermine growth.

"There's only one growth strategy: work hard," Hague told The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

He said of grumbling business leaders: "They should be getting on with the task of creating more of those jobs and more of those exports, rather than complaining about it."

He urged people to "Get on the plane, go and sell things overseas, go and study overseas".

Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government has implemented huge cuts to public spending and raised taxes in a bid to slash a record deficit inherited from the previous Labour government in 2010.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-05-13 08:44

    Ha ha! Ever seen a hardworking Englishman? Dream on! Why work if there is the dole!

      delish7564 - 2012-05-13 08:50

      I would agree with you that there are those who would rather get something for nothing, however, as with other generalizations, there are plenty of people who do work hard. Don't tarnish those with the same brush as the scroungers :(

      Gieljam - 2012-05-13 10:28

      Yes those trying to get others too work while on this issue lets hope the fat cats here take note and also those who think that by numbers you get paid and hand outs . To also say we want to work but there is no work is myth ..once in a job the demands and strikes start.

      Preshen - 2012-05-14 08:35

      What do you call a beautiful woman in Britain? A Foreigner

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2012-05-13 09:10

    There is another way Mr Hague. Government officials take a 50% pay cut and don't get bonuses or increases until the crisis is over.

      Deon - 2012-05-13 11:08

      In fact, UK MP's are paid just over £5000 a month which, I can assure you, is not that much if you live in London. David Cameron earns around £142K a year, which is a sure sh*t less than dear Mr Zuma's R2,5mil. And there's no question about which government is doing a better job, now is there. So government official pay cuts definitely aren't the answer.

  • snuffels48 - 2012-05-13 09:12

    I would have thought it would be better to work smarter.

  • Rob - 2012-05-13 09:24

    Well, I left the UK fourty years ago mainly because of the thought that a generation of unworkers was going to steal more and more of my tax contribution, this as a result of wildfire adoption of liberal/socialist policies. With hindsight, coming to SA was not the smartest thing to do.....although it seemed like a good idea at the time. What is extremely worrying now is that (for whatever reasons) SA is thundering down the track and fast approaches the abyss. Maybe SA needs a dose of Thatcherism? Short term it keeps the patient alive, rather like defibrillation!

      Boy Bana - 2012-05-13 09:42

      @crtic honest. absolutely true. my way of solving the problem is to stop paying tax oneday. just delete myself from the system. i am tired of supporting those who dnt want to work n breed for the reason of social grants

      Nigel - 2012-05-13 11:06

      I did something similar, left 35 years ago and went to Rhodesia. Now THAT was an even less smart move. Now back in the UK after a few years in Botswana and quite enjoying it actually. And believe me, plenty of people here work very hard indeed. Some don't.

  • Boy Bana - 2012-05-13 09:45

    @snuffel. u can work as hard and smart as u want but if the gov is smarter thn you in abusing your tax contributin thn u have lost all the benfit of your efforts

  • Stefaans - 2012-05-13 11:46

    Dear Mr Willam Hague, By working harder will not solve the problems, The only solution for the financial problems are, Forget about buying on credit, buy cash. Save 10% of your monthly income. Work smarter not harder, especially with your money. Dont buy what you need, but rather buy only what you cannot live without. Put a ban on ALL CREDIT CARDS. Cash is KING, and cashflow is the Queen

      Rob - 2012-05-13 12:09

      Stefaans: Yes, I agree BUT the government does not Reducing credit spending impacts on the stats that give the impression of a healthy economy If this is what government really wanted the gap between interest and inflation would be increased so that there would be a real benefit from saving. As things stand today you are fortunate if you can equalise the erossion with the interest (especially after fees and taxes) Also consider that inflation is a very significant government tactic so that what they actually owe to holders of cash in real terms is reduced each year. This is A CONSPIRACY!!!!!!

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