View Full Version : Basil Fawlty's 'Irish builder'' is still measuring up and drinking endless cups of tea in London

23-07-2011, 12:42 AM
Good old fashioned storm in a teacup at a London Assembly committee last week:

LONDONíS DEPUTY mayor Richard Barnes, who is in charge of equality issues in the city, has been forced to apologise following disparaging remarks made about Irish builders.

During a debate of the London Assemblyís transport committee last week on the cost of building a high-speed rail between London and the north of England, Mr Barnes questioned the estimates that have been put forward for refurbishing Euston Station.

ďAre they like most Irish builders, saying itís going to be roughly that? Are we working on estimates?Ē said the Conservative, who licked his finger as if he was checking the wind direction as he made his comment.
I'm guessing he's of an age to remember the classic Fawlty Towers episode with David Kelly as O'Reilly;)
‪(2/2) Fawlty Towers - The Builders (S01 E02)‬‏ - YouTube

23-07-2011, 12:52 AM
How [email protected] dare he disparage the pricing of jobs by Irish builders.
Thats our job.

C. Flower
23-07-2011, 12:55 AM

Ah Well
23-07-2011, 12:59 AM
just spent 13 mins re-watching that ... well worth the time

Thankee kindly PMcG :)

23-07-2011, 05:43 AM
How [email protected] dare he disparage the pricing of jobs by Irish builders.
Thats our job.

I would like to report (having lived there for years previously) that British builders drink tea, offer different prices for cash/cheque payments, guesstimates, and have timing issues as well.

The only difference is that if there's an Irishman or otherwise foreign individual on site, you can guess where the blame for any snafus will be directed.