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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
An update for the manifesto
It isn’t very often that one finds much of interest in The Daily Telegraph - it’s lines are often boringly predictable and not very well written. However, I am pleased to find an idea, albeit expressed in rather sneering terms, that will have to go straight into my manifesto. Here‘s how the news section reports it:
In a country renowned for its long lunches and 35-hour working week, establishing the legal right to a siesta might not appear an overriding priority.There’s another paragraph after this, in the same vein; here’s the link. Remember, that was ‘News’; now this is 'Opinion' (and I quote the whole piece):
Do the French never work? Not only do they put in a maximum of 35 hours a week, but now they are considering bringing back the siesta, or la sièste as they call it.Here’s the link, in case you don’t believe me. Which is News and which Opinion, eh?
I’m not sure that I can go along with the Churchill analogy. It's likely the whiskey had something to do with it; and anything Reagan did was probably because Nancy’s astrologer told him to.
As for the suggestion that the French retire to bed for other reasons, this ancient codger cannot pass comment. Nevertheless, the afternoon snooze is thoroughly invigorating and I heartily recommend it; it will be in my next manifesto, in suitable terms. And if it undermines the Telegraph’s normal exhortations (to others, of course) to work harder, ’So what?’
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