The people of Botswana should sue the World Economic Forum. Really they should. Every year since 2008 the organisation’s Global Competitiveness Report fingers Botswana’s "poor work ethic in the national labour force" as the biggest challenge to doing business in that lovely country. In plain terms, they are saying the Batswana are the laziest workers on the planet. Last November, after yet another dispiriting report, the country’s permanent secretary to the president, Carter Morupisi, slammed the alleged poor work ethic and productivity in the public service, saying it’s of huge concern. As most governments tend to do, the Batswana immediately set up a "national transformation team" to sort out the problem. Anyway, I think the Batswana should sue because it’s just not true that they are the laziest workers in the world. Turns out that Donald J Trump, the president of the US, isn’t clocking up as much time at the office as most world leaders or his predecessors have done. A leak of h...

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