The British are among the world's idlest workers, according to five up-and-coming Tory MPs. The MPs – Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, all from the 2010 intake of new MPs – want British people to work harder and relax less.
"The state has made Britons idle," they argue. "Our culture of instant gratification ignores the years of persistence that lie behind real success. Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work."
You might have thought about people in greenhouses. With their extensive holidays, their subsidised lifestyle and their isolation in the Westminster bubble, I would have expected MPs to be a little more careful about gratuitous generalisations. And you will note the absence of any hard statistical evidence.