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Young Tory MPs blame ‘lazy’ baby boomers for Britain’s economic decline
A group of rising young Conservative MPs claims that ‘idle’ British workers are damaging the economy by failing to compete with ‘grafting’ Asian countries.
By Rosa Prince, Online Political Editor
4:16PM BST 17 Aug 2012
The five, who are all 40 or younger and entered Parliament at the last election, are publishing a new book in which they say that “lazy” Brits prefer a lie-in to hard work.
Due to be published on the eve of the Conservative Party election, the book, called Britannia Unchained – Global Growth and Prosperity, also criticises the “baby boomer” generation for seeking to raise taxes for young workers to pay for their lavish pension pots.
Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, who are all seen as rising stars on the right of the party, describe British workers as among the “worst idlers” in the world, and urge David Cameron to reform work places along the lines of the Asian, rather than the European model.
They say: “Too many people in Britain, we argue, prefer a lie-in to hard work. “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.
“Once they enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world. We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor.”
Earlier this week, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, urged the Government to stop “pussyfooting around” on the economy, and invest in capital projects in order to drive growth.
Mr Kwarteng said: “We need to look beyond Europe for economic success. We should be starting now. There is no reason why we can’t be pushing ahead with a lot of this.
“Boris, when he talks about big infrastructure projects, deregulation and cutting taxes, is absolutely on the money.”
In the book, the group also claim that the country is being dragged down by support by baby boomers in their 60s and 70s for higher taxes in order to fund their pensions and live in comfort.
Asked if the group represented a new force within the Conservative Party, Mr Kwarteng told the London Evening Standard: “There is definitely a new Right which is much more international in its focus. The old Tory Right are a busted flush.”
A No 10 spokesman said: “The Government is working hard to get on top of our deficits and rebalance the economy.
“We’ve got the lowest corporation taxes in the G7, have announced huge investment in transport and infrastructure, as well as an £8O billion funding for lending scheme, and there will be more in due course.”