A Major UK Political Party Is Now Backing A Three-Day Weekend

By James O Malley on at

We all know that politicians like to promise us the moon on a stick in a bid to win our votes - but now one party has made one of the most audacious pledges since Homer Simpson ran for garbage commissioner.

According to the Standard The Green Party is now floating a policy that would see us get a three day weekend. Seriously.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley (yeah, co-leaders is a thing) argued that an extra day of rest is the sort of "bold new ideas" we need in a 21st century, globalised economy.

"I think there's a lot of evidence that suggests that when people are exhausted their productivity goes down", Lucas is quoted as saying.

"What we're suggesting here is that we are now the sixth-largest economy in the world, people are working ever more hours, getting ever more stressed, getting ever more ill health, mental health problems as well."

"What we want to do is take a step back and think 'what is the purpose of the economy? What kind of country do we want to be?'"

As far as we can tell, the policy hasn't been officially adopted by the party yet, though it perhaps wouldn't be surprising if it was. In 2015 the party became an early adopter pushing for increasingly trendy universal basic income. This is a scheme in which everyone would get paid the same, fixed amount of cash from the government every year, which they can then top up by working, and it is often touted as a response to new technologies and robots rending us meat-bags increasingly obsolete. [Standard]