Poppy Fascism? Give me Strength
Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:21
Over the last few weeks, I have noticed that some of my twitter-loving friends have been posting blogs and articles about something called “poppy fascism”. What on earth they mean by this frankly ridiculous term I’m not sure. It appears to refer to the ostentatious wearing of the poppy by politicians and public figures who are keen to link themselves to the memory of Britain’s war veterans. In some circles apparently, though not any that I am in, it is regarded as obligatory to wear a poppy and people who choose not to do so feel criticised in some way. Although as we mark the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War, we may just pause to remind ourselves that social death is not as bad as actual death.
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If The Eurozone Survives the Greek Crisis It Can Come Through Stronger
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:19
You would have to have a heart of stone not to feel for the people of Greece. It seems ridiculous to hold Greek pensioners who can't pay their electricity bills responsible for the jigsaw of calamities which mean that their government is now struggling under an unpayable mountain of debt.
The situation for Greeks has been very much worse, according to a recent report int the Ecomomist (http://www.economist.com/) than it has been in any of the other hard-hit countries such as Ireland.
Within any unit of economic union, some parts are wealthier than others - in Germany the West transfers assets worth roughly £80 billion to the former East Germany each year.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany). In Britain, London funds public spending in Wales, for instance.
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