Essay: HOW THE TEA BREAK COULD RUIN ENGLAND

THE industrious Englishman has long been getting less so. "I stand by my class," said the workman in Shaw's Major Barbara, "and do as little as I can so's to leave arf the job for me fellow workers." Forty years ago, Dean Inge of St. Paul's had begun to doubt "whether nature intended the Englishman to be a moneymaking animal." Recently, an American efficiency expert took a look at the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and wryly reported that the British work force "takes a substantial part of its wages not in money but in leisure, most particularly in the leisure...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!