During his recent visit to the UK, Mikhail Gorbachev was taken on a tour of a typical British factory by the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher. The tour started at 9:00 AM and the factory was just starting to fill with employees.
G: “What these people do?”
M: “Oh, they are just starting work!”
G: “Aargh! In Russia, start at 5:00 AM.”
So, they walk around for a while, viewing some machinery and at 10:30 a hooter sounds and the factory workers leave.
G: “Where they go?”
M: “Oh, it is morning tea time. They have a break for 20 minutes.”
G: “Aargh! In Russia, no morning tea.”
At 12:00 noon the two VIP’s are viewing plans for a new factory and a hooter sounds and the factory workers leave, again.
G: “Where they go now?”
M: “Oh, it is lunch time. They take a break for an hour.”
G: “Aargh! One hour! In Russia, is ten minutes lunch.”
At precisely 2:15 PM a hooter sounds, and again the workers leave the factory.
G: “Aargh! Another break, nyet?”
M: “Yes, another break. They get 20 minutes afternoon smoke!”
At 4:30 PM another hooter sounds and the factory grinds to a halt.
G: “Aargh! Another break?”
M: “No, they’ve finished for the day.”
G: “In Russia start at 5:00 AM, no breaks, ten minutes lunch, no breaks, work till 7:00 PM at night. Right through, no breaks. Why you not make them work harder?”
M: “Oh, we can’t do that!”
G: “Why you can’t make them work harder?”
M: “Because they’re all communists.”