Columnist Owen Jones clashed with Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins after he argued many workers in the UK are “proper lazy people” who “don’t want to go to work”. In light of the remarks, Mr Jones shut down the Pimlico Plumbers founder pointing out he was himself “still working from home”. He added “you complain about British workers working from home, but you’re always at home every time you’re on this show”. Mr Jones concluded stressing only last year over 3.8 million workers did “lots of overtime” without being paid.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Mr Jones told Pimlico Plumbers founder: “I don’t agree with anything.
“Charlie, you’re still working from home, as per usual?”
As Mr Mullins attempted to interrupt, Mr Jones said: “You could keep speaking over me, but I’m not going to stop speaking.
“You come a lot to the show to complain about British workers working from home, but you’re always at home every time you’re on this show.
“Last year, 3.8 million workers did unpaid work in this country, they were not paid for the overtime that they did.
“This is a country that has one of the lowers levels of statutory sick pay in the whole of the developed world, people go to work ill in this country because they cannot afford to take time off.”
He argued: “This is a country with some of the lowest benefits in the whole Europe.
“You look at Scandinavia, the level of unemployment benefits and social security is much higher, and yet they have more people in the job market than we do.