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Blowing the whistle on World Cup skivers

Although lazy, the Diary has never really been a skiver (putting on a croaky voice to call in sick is just too much effort).

But the rest of the country is quite dedicated to the noble art, according to the latest study by the Centre of Economics & Business Research.

Apparently, absenteeism will be so rife during the two weekdays that England is playing in the World Cup that 0.8 per cent could be knocked off second-quarter GDP and push the UK into recession (but not as depressed as the Diary will be if we do not make the second round).

Just because of two days! What will happen if we get through to the final?

The pound will suddenly be on a par with the Argentian peso and then we will all be up the River Plate without a paddle.

But readers should not worry as there is guaranteed to be at least a few people at their desks on the offending days.

We hear Dickensian bosses at a “rival” paper are not allowing its staff to watch the England games for fear of reducing their productivity.

We at MM believe this is harsh. It&#39s not like anyone would notice…

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