How would you feel if your MP described you as "among the worst idlers in the world"? You would feel pretty insulted I would imagine. I would also imagine that you would be pretty angry that the person you elected was using the platform you and your neighbours gave them to insult the British people.
Well, Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne), Priti Patel (Witham), Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton), Chris Skidmore (Kingswood) and Elizabeth Truss (South West Norfolk) have done exactly that.
They have co-authored a book "Britannia Unchained – Global Growth and Prosperity" in which they claim that the British are "the worst idlers" in the world preferring a "lie-in to hard work".
I am in favour of free speech. I am also in favour of high standards in public life. If these MPs genuinely have such a low view of the British people, then they should resign their public offices and make their views known as independent commentators.
As well as being insulting, their comments make no sense.
The MPs claim the British workforce should model itself on the workers of South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong. Why exactly? The UK is rated the 7th largest economy in the world compared to South Korea, 15th, Singapore, 38th and Hong Kong, joint 39th (IMF data from 2011).
Being an MP is a position of trust. An MP represents the people who elected them and must be an advocate for them. This book is a complete betrayal of the relationship between MPs and the people. It is insulting, dishonourable and wrong.
Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss should all apologise and resign.