They are the most inscrutable of all the European races. Bret Dawson reports.
Swiss industry and agriculture boast the most rigorous quality standards in the world. "If it's Swiss," a popular slogan goes, "it's got to be good."
Claims like that sound boastful, but they are rooted in truth. For the Swiss are very, very particular about sanitation, and they do not tolerate machinists' errors.
An example: Once, a highly paid but overstressed Swiss machinist went on a shooting rampage through the streets of Lucerne, killing four people. His behaviour was not tolerated.
Another: when the Swiss shop for chicken meat, they can choose cuts that are guaranteed to be free of salmonella contamination. This is in case visiting Australians want to eat it raw.