Één van mijn collega's ontving onlangs dit mailtje over een anekdote van een buitenlandse collega, die schrijft: "I recently got a story on the mail from a Scot, a story which could be just as true in either of our countries I suppose.
Here it is, with the hope that our project soon will pass through the “eye of the needle”, and do some good to our rural areas."
The ”Half-Wit” (A person a bit mentally retarded?)
A man owned a small farm in Aberdeenshire. The Department of Work & Pensions claimed he was not paying proper wages to his farm hands (farm workers) and sent an inspector out to interview him.
'I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,' demanded the agent.
'Well,' replied the farmer, 'there's my farm hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him £ 200 a week plus free room and board. There is a lady who cleans and cooks she's been here for 18 months, and I pay her £ 150 per week plus free room and board. Then there's the half-wit. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work. He makes about £ 10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Scotch every Saturday night. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.'
'That's the man I want to talk to...the half-wit,' says the inspector.
'That would be me then,' replied the farmer.
Deze boer uit Aberdeenshire zal vast geen eigenaar zijn van een super boerderij, een megastal zoals vandaag in uitgebreid artikel in de NRC over de voor-en nadelen van grootschalige veehouderijen, die eerder op het industrieterrein thuishoren dan in het Landschap