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Beckett's in for a long wait at the FCO gym.

Those lucky people at the FCO have just had their gym refurbished, and I discover that the 1500 odd staff have a grand total of 13 weights / cardio-vascular machines.

So, that's around 115 people per piece of kit, and assuming a 10 workout, if Mags does not pull rank and joins the back of the queue, she'll only have to wait a little over 19 hours to get her turn on the treadmill. I expect the aerobics classes will be quite crowded too, and I'd advise her to avoid the lunchtime and early evening peak periods.


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Blogger CityUnslicker said... 2:57 pm

I am so pleased for them. It is not as if there are any private sector gyms that people could use in their leisure time.

Luckily now the FCO staff will be able to use the facilities (occasionally, as you point out) in work hours and help to work on fighting the government's obseity targets.  

Blogger Newmania said... 3:05 pm

Its exciting news isn`t because with just a slight trimming of the abs I really think my lust for M Becket would be out of control.

Oh CU did you see the Private eye stuff abou the new home Office Office . Its fabuloso baby  

Anonymous verity said... 3:10 pm

So true, City Unslicker. And, excitingly enough, Margaret Beckett's 80 year old husband, who sits in her office as her salaried PA - I am sure he is dynamic and useful - would also be entitled to workouts.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 3:20 pm

why an i paying their gym membership fees?  

Anonymous verity said... 3:51 pm

That is a good question, The Hitch. In fact, we could expand it to, "Why am I paying their salaries"?

Again: People working in the public sector should be disenfranchised. Currently, they are in a position to help themselves to the wealth cretion sector's money by voting for the party that will give them a raise.

[I would exempt the military and the emergency services - although not the police, who no longer serve the public - from disenfranchisement.]

With today's technology, it would also be possible to disenfranchise someone who had been unemployed longer than, let us say, six months.

Disenfranchisement would be a choice. Either work in the private sector and enjoy the vote. Or "work" in the public sector and enjoy an inflated salary, often for doing a toy job, and a secure pension paid for by the wealth creation sector. And a free gym, of course, but sacrifice your vote.

So are all the people enjoying free handouts, benefits, housing, whatever. They too should be disenfranchised.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 4:45 pm

Verity how about we go one stage further and render them down for oil?
I wouldnt want to wash with a civil servant but I wouldnt mind running my car on one (preferably over one)  

Anonymous verity said... 5:30 pm

The Hitch - I cannot fault your suggestion.  

Anonymous hg said... 9:03 pm

Toy is nice. What is a toy job? A miniature job? Or a copy of a job made of painted wood (but then it clearly isn't a job); A job where the worker is only playing? Lots of creative people earn real money doing that. Bit like the problem of toy smoke.  

Anonymous verity said... 10:07 pm

As I used it, HG, a toy job is a made up non-job to keep someone busy and on the state payroll so they will vote socialist.

Real Nappy Co-ordinator, for example, is a toy job. As is Street Football Co-ordinator. African Specialist Practitioner -Referral And Assessment for Southwark Council is a toy job. The Guardian has millions of 'em.  

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