01/07/2014 07:43 BST | Updated 01/07/2014 07:59 BST

Are Brits Lazy? Here Are Five People Who, Like Lord Heseltine, Think So

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Conservative ex-deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has risked causing controversy by blaming the productivity gap between the UK and other countries on the laziness of British workers.

The Tory peer, head of the publishing group Haymarket, told The Times on Tuesdaythat the economy was suffering from a bad attitude to work. "We don’t get up early enough, we don’t work hard enough, we’re not ambitious enough," he said.

Before critics rush to man the barricades against Heseltine, the Huffington Post UK rounded up five more people in his defence who agree that British workers are lazy.

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