Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Austerity? What austerity?
You might have noticed lately that the Fourth Reich is having a little 'Arab Spring' experience of it's own with the Greeks about to tell the EU what it can do with it's austerity pact...
And who can blame them when it seems that austerity and restraint only apply to other people as far as the European Commission is concerned. It appears that whilst everyone else is being told to tighten their belts, they are expecting the taxpayer to stump up an extra €2.4 billion to inflate their wage packets, and a further €1.4 billion for their pensions and allowances.
And what about the unemployment figures? Well at least the Commission is doing its bit in that direction - leading the way by cutting 6 of its 41,000 jobs in 2013. Yes, I did mean six.
And despite passing an initiative on greater transparency, they are also demanding a increase of €11.5 million in their €181 million schools budget - and refusing steadfastly to say how they will be spending it!
If you want an example of blatent 'Do what I tell you, not what I do' then why not contrast the 25% cut in the UK budget for media, culture and sport with the Commissions increase in the corresponding education and culture budget of €2.8 billion. That should keep the propaganda machine rolling along nicely.
Yes, we certainly are all in it together...