If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

- George Washington

Saturday, 12 November 2011


Funnily enough, I had to go to the Irish Times for this gem. Angela Merkel, in an interview after the Cannes summit:
"What we got in Cannes was the feeling that there is no such thing any more as domestic policy making. Domestic is what's inside the currency area. Greece can no longer decide all by itself the issue of whether it should hold a referendum or not."
So now you know.


  1. Makes entire sense. You don't want those pesky Greeks going off and making decisions themselves. They are, after all, very new to this democracy game - and they might bring up the subject of all that Greek gold that Herr Hitler toddled off with in the 1940s. And,anyway, they were highly likely to go and muck up the voting and come up with the wrong answer. Referendums are OK if they come up with the answer we first thought of - like consultations.

    Do try and keep up.

  2. Referendum: ask the people, ignore the result, do what you were going to do anyway.

    Consultation: say you're going to ask the people, do nothing, say you've consulted the people, say the people have spoken clearly, do what you were going to do anyway.

    Petition: promise to ask the people if enough people ask to be asked, enough people ask, refuse to ask them, and sack anyone who disagrees.

    Democracy is wonderful.

  3. I agree with Angela - Greek politicians are crap! Always have been always will be....

    Derf, please stop promulgating that gold crap - the Parthenon marbles are far more valuable and irreplaceable than some stupid gold chocolate coins - and we Brits took those....


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