The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

First Dave Barry, Now The Siesta

Spain's socialist government is outlawing the traditional siesta for public employees:

Spain’s Socialist government on Tuesday officially abolished the siesta, the extended lunch break.

A new law decrees that lunch breaks will be limited to one hour to allow civil servants to clock off at 6pm.

Jordi Sevilla, minister for public administration and a father of three, said the aims of the law were to put an end to the “chaotic hours” worked in the civil service and allow Spaniards to reconcile work and family life.

This is a blow to lazy people everywhere.

(Hat tip, Dan Drezner, who has much more.)


  • If you're interested in learning more about the chaotic hours and inefficiency that have plagued Spain for decades, I highly recommend George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.

    By Blogger MDS, at 11:40 PM  

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