I’d like to thank Euro Weekly News reader John for most of this week’s remarkable revelations. The next time you are feeling sorry for the Greeks, just partake of these apples.
Experts, mandated by the European Union to investigate the circumstances that led to Greece’s economic situation, have apparently come up with the following information:
1. Greece allegedly falsified accounts to enter the Eurozone and since then has repeatedly juggled the facts until the whole thing finally exploded into chaos.
2. There was massive retirement at age 50.
3. At one national hospital there were, on average, 50 gardeners for one lawn with four bushes.
4. At a cost of €550 million a year, 40,000 girls were receiving monthly life pensions of €1,000 simply because they were unmarried daughters of deceased civil servants.
5. Many workers were retired at the age of 55 if they were in one of 600 jobs considered harmful, e.g. hairdressing (dangerous dyes!), musicians of wind instruments (blowing is tiring!), TV presenters (microphones can be harmful and damaging to health, etc, etc).
6. More than 25 per cent of Greeks pay no personal income tax whatsoever.
7. Retirees receive 95 per cent of their earlier salary (Germans receive 40 per cent, no wonder they’ve got the hump!).
8. In an apparent show of goodwill the Greek Government has recently eliminated 10,000 postal positions, 8,200 of which were revealed to be dummy positions.
9. Greece has the highest population in the world of people reporting an age of 110 years. Deaths are often not registered and pensions continue to be received.
10. Pacemakers were being acquired at a price 400 times higher than in British hospitals.
And so on and so forth. If these facts are indeed proven, then Greece is a nation which has survived on corruption for so long they probably consider it the norm. I suggest they get their collective noses out of the ouzo for a while and start playing by the rules. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. But then hopefully this bunch of chancers has finally realised that.
Keep the faith