'It's like they don't want the work', says man who thinks builders are poor

A MAN is mystified that builders have not returned his calls because he assumes they live in skips wearing filthy overalls desperate for cash-in-hand. 

Roy Hobbs has been trying to secure a builder to take on an extension project at his house but is struggling to get anyone to commit, which is baffling because of the gulf in social class between him and them.

He said: “It’s not a big job, but a time like now you’d think they’d be hungry for anything. Instead they’re not even giving me quotes. I get the feeling a proper day’s work is the last thing they want.

“They’ve been here, they can see my solid oak furniture and Marantz turntable, they know I’m not short of a bob or two. The only explanation is they’re lazy.”

Wife Fiona said: “Roy believes that anyone working in skilled labour is one step from the poorhouse. He’s genuinely expecting to be thanked for giving someone born ‘without any other options’ work.

“He must never know the guy who runs the local fencing firm has a heated home swimming pool, and children at a school that makes them wear boaters in the summer term. It would kill him.”

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Boris Johnson's guide to not dying when you go to the pub

GETTING wankered in a building named after a king is 80 per cent of Britain’s economy, so as prime minister I need to make that happen. Here’s how to survive it: 

Observe social distancing rules

Don’t forget about distancing! Remember the government guidelines in all their detail while getting blackout drunk on 12 pints of Guinness. Don’t disregard them as a half-arsed, meaningless compromise that protects nobody while cadging fags from strangers.

Avoid banter

Uproarious guffawing will send viruses flying everywhere, so under no circumstances have a laugh while you’re at the pub. Keep the mood sombre by quietly discussing your parents’ funeral arrangements and the bit in Love Actually where Emma Thompson finds out.

Buy loads of pints

Your table should be entirely filled with pints as you ‘line them up’. This will protect you because passing viruses will fall in and drown, like wasps in a water-filled jam jar.

Have a catheter fitted

Choke points like cramped toilets are a distancing nightmare, so have a catheter fitted to avoid dangerous queues. If you’re planning a proper session, you may need to use a bin bag so opt for a heavy duty one as no one wants two gallons of warm piss exploding over the snug.

Live in the pub

British manufacturing is gone, after 40 years of hard work by the Tories, so the service sector is all we’ve got. Spend at least 10 hours a day in the pub. This may lead to alcoholism and money problems, but you are, after all, cannon fodder. Sorry, ‘the great British public fond of a tipple’.

Ignore all risks if you pull

Masks and perspex screens are pointless if you then have an intimate boffing session and get COVID-19, right? Wrong – you’ll be a legend who died on the job. It’s how I plan to go. Cheers.