A controversial 35-hour working week is under consideration by a group of David Cameron's key advisers.
The Quality of Life policy group has been consulting on whether the Conservatives should bring in European-style working hours for the "general wellbeing" of the population.
Fuck you, you bunch of fucking cunts; who the cunting fuck are you to tell me how long I should work? Fuck you.
For me, "general wellbeing" means having money to spend so that I can enjoy myself when I'm not at work. If I have more hours not at work, I am going to have less money and yet probably end up spending more. Gummer, go fuck yourself. Even the awful, awful bunch of authoritarian bastards that we have in charge now have not considered such a stupid fucking move.
Let me make this absolutely fucking clear, you bunch of Tory bastards, how many hours I choose to work is none of your fucking business. I don't have a wife or children, so you can't even say that it is important for my work/life balance: I, generally, enjoy working and as long as I'm decently paid for it, I shall go and have a couple of pints after it, with or without the lovely A. But whatever I do, it is—and I'll repeat this because you bastards seem to be to stupid to get it into your heads—NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS!
And how dare you try to tell us what is good for our "general wellbeing", you patronising, Stalinist fucktards. Are we all the same, do we all derive the same pleasures from the same entertainments? I don't fucking think so.
A consultation paper on the proposal asks: "Would you be in favour of the introduction of a 35-hour working week?"
Mr Gummer said: "We have had responses from both sides of the case and we will look at it very carefully. We have to look at it. This is an issue that we have got to raise. Half of Europe is arguing about this. We have got to ask the question."
Why, exactly? As I keep saying, it is none of your sodding business. For the Tories to even consider this proposal shows how far they have moved in favour of state authoritarianism. Can anyone calling themselves "libertarian", of whatever stripe, really support this collection of cunts?
While unions in Britain have long campaigned for a 35-hour week, such a move would infuriate business leaders who say employers would be forced to keep salaries at the same level while getting less work from employees. Shorter hours have been controversial in France with critics blaming them for high unemployment and rising labour costs.
Not to mention the €100 billion that the policy would appear to have added to the French national deficit since its introduction on 2000.
FRANCE’S 35-hour working week has added €100 billion (£67 billion) to its national debt, according to Thierry Breton, the country’s Finance Minister.
M Breton said that reductions in social taxes on firms to compensate for a drop in the hours worked by their employees had cost an annual €20 billion for the past five years.
Nice to see that the Tories are determined to regain their reputation as a "safe pair of hands" on all matters economic, eh?
Perhaps some new Tory slogans are in order, eh? Vote Conservative if you don't want to call your time your own! Vote Conservative for a bigger state! Vote Conservative for economic ruin! Vote for a Conservative candidate who doesn't believe in any of the shit that is coming out of CCHQ but has managed to square it with his beliefs anyway!
Actually I'm sorry; I'm being slightly prolix: how about a simpler one?
Vote Conservative for venal hypocrites, authoritarian fuckwits and economic morons.
UPDATE: Iain has, in fact, covered this and his views are sound.
Gummer says: "We have to look at it. This is an issue that we have got to raise." Er, no it isn't actually. If employers wish to introduce a 35 hour week that is up to them. This is not a matter which the State should be intervening on. It would destroy jobs and reduce our competitiveness. I can hardly believe a Conservative could entertain such a proposal.
I think that his Anonymous commenter put it best...
Iain, what does the Tory party have to do before you realise it no longer reflects your views? If you are hanging in there merely because you think they might get into power then you may as well join Labour. Its time to make your principles count for something and leave them.
UPDATE 2: I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but did you know that you can join UKIP online?