This is how things really work…….!

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken wall at 10 Downing Street ; one from London , another from  Bristol and the third, Liverpool .

They go with a government official to examine the wall.

The London contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring,  then works some figures with a pencil.  
‘Well’, he says, ‘I figure the job will run about £900:  £400 for materials, £400 for my crew and £100 profit for me.’ 

The Bristol contractor also does some measuring and figuring, and then says, ‘I can do this job for £700:  £300 for materials, £300 for my crew and £100 profit for me.’ 

The Liverpool contractor doesn’t measure or figure but leans over to the Government official and whispers, "£2,700." 

The official, incredulous, says, ‘You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?’ 

The Liverpool contractor whispers back, ‘£1000 for me, £1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Bristol to fix the wall.’ 
‘Done!’ replies the government official. 

And that friends, …… is how it all works.

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