From the KV mailbox: It seems our trusted reporter at The Slog, John Ward, has got the number of our intrepid FinMin Jan Kees de Jager. In a post on the current episode of the on-going Greek drama that is the euro, there’s a strong Dutch angle, as Mr Ward writes:
Rank Double Standard of the day went to Netherlands Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager, who loftily opined that,”Greece has no option but to reform and to repay (its debts) and if it doesn’t do that, it will be a very serious problem, not just for Greece, but for everyone.”
Especially you Jan, me old Dutch Gouda, because your finances are in an equally bad way. As it happens, I have some inside track on this one. A young Greek doctor working in the Netherlands (because the Health Budget got raped in Greece) wrote to me yesterday to note that:
‘The truth is that here in the Netherlands, the situation for us Greeks is not much better either. We do not have the same rights as the Dutch doctors. They have offered me a job for 2 days per week which would earn me barely enough to survive, provided that I will work the rest 3 days for free, plus I would have to be involved in their research programmes for free.’
You see, “our United Europe is about helping each other within the safety of an unbreakable bond of solidarity against the real enemy”. (Dr Josef Goebbels, 1943)
No surprises there really. Unless you voted for him (NL) in the ‘most trustworthy politician award’ last year. You dumb-asses. ‘All will be paid back, with interest’, remember that quote in the coming weeks and months.
(See also this from two years ago. Thanks to JJ for the heads up)