It's always funny listening to the arguments been used to keep the 48 hour opt out, and keeping it going come hell or high water.
At one stroke - whilst blaming it on those lazy arsed european politicians - you could ensure that no one in the country has to work more than 48 hours per week.
What better way of ensuring wealth, equality and increasingly scarce work is distributed amongst those who have been left out in the current cold clime. I doubt - but naturally I could be wrong, whether it's the vast majority of employees scrambling to hoist the repel-all-borders-flag up a flag post, or going 'of course I want to work a 100 hours a week, I really really really love my job.'
Those who enjoy ticking off the hours are usually the ones whose pension pots makes the income of a small city visibly pale in comparison. Whose main thoughts lay on the side of accruing huge wealth simply for the sake of it.
But spare a thought for those whose working hours miraculously merge into unpaid overtime hours, who believe they have no choice, and no option. If they're lucky, they'll have seen that innocuous bit of paper hinting at the concept of loyal paternalism; of course you want to work more than 48 hours to make this the worlds greatest and successful company, don't you?
Indicating that you wish to keep your legal opt-in, immediately marks you out as a glass-ceilinged shirker.
But in the meantime they really should drop the name Working Time Limits and give it its proper title; let's work the buggers till they drop.
Now then, who mentioned flu sniffing?