Liz’s book: The Sorrows of the British Prime Minister would be funny if they weren’t serious

The 2012 book Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity, written by Conservative MPs Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Liz Truss, is beginning to resemble something American humorist David Sedaris might have published if it were not meant seriously.

ikipedia quotes the book as saying that the UK should “stop throwing itself into irrelevant debates about the division of the pie between manufacturing and services, North and South, women and men”.

An excerpt published in London evening standard said in 2012: “The British are among the worst slackers in the world. We work the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor. While Indian children want to be doctors or businessmen, Brits are more interested in football and pop music.”

She accuses British workers of “laziness” and lagging behind their Asian counterparts.

The authors belonged to a conservative parliamentary group called the Free Enterprise Group, which at the time boasted that it had 38 Tory MPs as members. The group was formed by Liz Truss.

Boris Johnson was photographed with a copy Britannia unleashed in his car in 2019. One wonders if the script of what happens across the Irish Sea 10 years after the book was published might be worth a few shillings to a not-too-intrepid filmmaker.

The 2002 book by Sedaris and his sister Amy has now been adapted for the stage. It was tilted appropriately Liz’s book.

Tom McElligott

Listowel, County Kerry

Dublin’s knee of Irish unity should work on his guest list

The lack of any significant political representation from Northern Ireland Protestants at last weekend’s Ireland’s Future conference at the 3Arena speaks for itself.

There is currently no historical example of a democratically elected all-Ireland parliament and the Northern Assembly’s inability to govern its own constituents does not bode well for integration efforts.

Also remember that after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, support for
The two most intransigent parties grew as voters backed away from the progressive and pacifist representation of those seeking harmony.

In Dublin, it will take more than a knee to persuade unionists to celebrate the possible loss of their identity.

The sociability of one is the compulsion of the other.

Eugene Tannam

Firehouse, Dublin 24

Being too close to the UK can be bad for our health

The background to the annual Tory conference proclaims ‘Getting Britain moving’, which in itself is a decent aim and is probably intended to indicate that the movement is onward and upwards.

Unfortunately for them, and ultimately for us, their direction is actually backwards and downwards. The old adage that they sneeze and Ireland gets pneumonia still applies, even though we’re still in the EU and have a different currency.

David Ryan

Co Meath

The cost of living crisis started further back than we think

Energy Secretary Eamon Ryan has highlighted a 2010 savings payment that has seen customers pay more than €600m in additional subscription fees to ESB since that year.

I would like to draw your attention to the social security-related reductions in the pension that is subject to contributions from September 1, 2012.

The minister increased the number of PRSI contributions required to qualify from 260 to 520. Also, the scale by which a pension is calculated was adjusted, impacting a person’s weekly pension by up to 50 € per week.

If these measures were lifted, those affected would be better able to bear the rising cost of living.

Paul Coughlan

Ballygawley, Co. Sligo

Forget the long dead dinosaurs – save our livestock!

Less than a week goes by, but we are informed of another dinosaur found, likely the victim of a meteorite impact that struck Earth 65 million years ago. My question is, who the hell cares, and aren’t we better off if they don’t burp Ireland all over the store?

It’s stupid enough that our harmless Irish native cows are sentenced to death for not having decent propaganda to protect them.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co. Cork Liz’s book: The Sorrows of the British Prime Minister would be funny if they weren’t serious

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