The Sunday crowd at the Moaning Cow public house was ecstatic. Their hero, Mr. Angry, was Churchillian.
I, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, Mark Carney…”
“Get on with it you drunk” cried the man at the fruit machine.
“The boom is here. David Macaroon, the leader of the Lib-Dems, says so. The Romanians and the Bulgarians are pouring through our border controls so reducing labour costs. The ‘Help to Lend’ scheme is causing property inflation so making people feel richer. The stock market is at an all time high due to George and Wince giving away The Royal Mail. Retail sales are soaring as shoppers are taking out Pay-Day loans because they don’t care anymore.”
“Mr. Angry. Tell everybody about your new business” suggested Mrs. Angry as she checked her Bingo numbers.
“This is your chance to be a franchisee” cried our orator.
“Mr. Angry” said a man in the third row. “I read in the ‘Financial Times’ that franchising is the new growth industry. According to the British Franchising Association in 2013 the sector contributed £13.7 billion to the economy. That’s 1% of the UK’s GDP. It said there are 1,000 franchise brands in Britain and more than 40,000 franchise outlets. The biggest growth area is Wales which is up 34%.”
“Wrong. It is here that franchising will hit new heights. From tomorrow, for the small sum of £20,000, you can buy a Mr. Angry franchise area. You will have sole rights to call yourself ‘Mr. Angry’.
“Why would I want to do that Mr. Angry” asked a lady at the back.
“It’s obvious. I’m one of the most famous and recognised names in the business sector. Just phone up the British Franchise Association and ask about ‘Mr. Angry’. People will offer money to meet you. They’ll pay thousands of pounds to learn how to building a business. You’ll become a celebrity in your community.”
“Mr. Angry” cried Rita the bar maid. “I’ve done what you said and phoned the BFA. They say they’ve never heard of you. Mr. Angry….”