12 comments on “Timmy elsewhere

  1. Son of Heath (mindbleach!) is alive and well and in charge of the DECC. Four day weekends are a racing certainty.

  2. I had long assumed that Heath’n’Wilson would be the nadir of British politics, but then along came Toni Blair, which goes to show that nothing is so bad that it can’t be made worse.

  3. Thanks to generous “flexi-time” arrangements, a lot of large companies and government departments are only half-staffed on Fridays. The 2-3 day weekend is already here, at least for the better-off.

  4. As far as the un-staffing of government departments is concerned 24/7/365 would be preferable.

  5. In the ensuing weeks, Heath is going to be officially posthumously declared a predatory paedophile and head of the 1970s government paedo ring, by the way.

    /you read it here first

  6. I used to work in a place where Monday through Thursday the normal work day was 8.30 till 5.15 and on Friday 8.30 to 1.30. Then we sloped off to the pub and got hammered. But some preferred to work 5 days of 8 hours. There was overtime going if you wanted it. Management were happy, we were happy, the company sold gizmos and made a profit on them. It did not require some jumped-up Open University sociology lecturer to tell us how to arrange these things.

  7. Get a steam generator iron, does both sides at the same time!

    One fad is the notion of “compressed hours”, working your same weekly hours in less days by doing, say four 9 hour days. The clever ones just work out how to string their day out longer and effectively reduce productivity, with less time to not get bothered (not be useful), little wonder the public sector has jumped on it.

  8. It’s a long time ago, but when I first swapped academic life for industrial life, I was struck by the unfamiliar short hours that my new colleagues worked. “You’re very diligent” said my boss. I refrained from giving the obvious reply.

  9. It did not require some jumped-up Open University sociology lecturer to tell us how to arrange these things.

    Oh good grief, not an OU lecturer! I used to argue with one of them on some forum years back. He thought a structural deficit was money that was spent on infrastructure, such as roads and bridges; and that the bank bailout costs would appear as a deficit year on year, because he didn’t know the difference between debt and deficit. His subject at the OU? Economics.

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