Germans up the canal without a paddle

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by cernunnos, Nov 30, 2010.

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  1. The German government are suposedly into cost cutting for similar reasons as the Brits, but without the knee jerk, have a wolverine in your pants style politics of Westminster. The German public however suspect that considerable savings are there to be made given the huge size of the civil service here.

    One example is the Federal Transport Ministry. They've been stonewalling criticism from the German treasury for a decade or two about their manning and spending in one department. The department in which over 13,000 civil servants are employed (with cushy terms, high pay, buck shee pensions etc etc.) That's 2/3rds of all the civil servants in the entire Transport Ministry. Which department would need so many staff? A growth area definately? Yes you guessed it, it's the department responsible for navigable canals and rivers. The department currently trying to canalise the Elbe despite it only having enough water for shipping for six weeks each year. The same department built state of the art container ports in Halle and Magdeburg after the wall fell, each with costs running into the Billion range and neither of which have ever seen a single ship or barge. All this despite internal shipping tonnages falling consistantly for the past century. The industry peaked just before the first world war and it been all down hill since.

    When reporters took the step of actually asking individual department members what they actually did, they were told to F@ck off. Apparently it's none of the tax payer's business.

    DER SPIEGEL have finally taken notice, I wonder if Angela Merkel will ever read it?
  2. [​IMG]

    I take it this is window dressing ?
  3. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Kit Reviewer

    At least 2 barges then.
  4. Shizer, and I thought Hermans were supposed to be the very model of efficiency...
  5. They are. So efficient that they have successfully prevented one single fact getting out to the public. Can you imagine that happening over here? Our government depts make WikiLeaks look tight-lipped.
  6. I thought so too, but the only thing they're efficient at is shuffling people between different bureacrats. When it comes to getting things done, they're truly awful.
  7. All part of the vast EU single waterways dream that is The Trans-European Inland Waterway Network.

    Transport: Promotion of inland waterway transport - European commission

    All very worthy I am sure but vast amounts of dosh have been poured into this by Governments across Europe directly or indirectly via the EU with no regard for the true economics of it all.

    Run by multiple national bureacracies at the behest of European socialist politicians seeking pork barrel projects to win votes, the EU and various bodies such as the Central Commissionfor the Navigation of the Rhine.

    A trans-European mega project devoid of any real oversight and "Green". What could possibly go wrong?
  8. I thought this was all part of the master plan to turn Europe into an island...

    ..with a 50m wide canal from the North Sea to the Mediterranean via, say, the Black Sea.

    Look at the atlas. :)

  9. What a lot of poppycock !!!!!!!!
    Most posters on this thread, don`t seem to know much about the state and position of their own country, let alone that of Germany. If you want to talk foreign affairs, don`t talk verbal diarrhea.
  10. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    That's an intelligent, well reasoned and thought provoking arguement you've put forward. Cernunnos et al should bow before your wisdom
  11. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Kit Reviewer

    Das kommt darauf an!
  12. What could go wrong?

    These things for a start


    If you read german then Fremde Fische: Invasion der kaspischen Grundeln - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft

    If not then these fish have been hoovering up anything and everything in Western European waters since the opening of the east/west canals/
  13. Having spent most of my working life in germany, I must admit I would have loved to have worked for the state, 13months pay minimum a year at the age of 45 upto 52working days paid holidays and of course being Unsackable as well steal half the office or embezzle you just get promoted sideways,I was Curator of a well known town in the Rheinland, the CDU mayor of said town was a randy git and kept getting his secretaries and office staff preggers, he became an embarassment to the town and his political party, so they made him Director of the Zoo and my boss, after knocking heads a few times , he agreed to become my public relations advisor and fundraiser he was brilliant at it and our partnership worked well, if you are reading this Franz ,an rosenmontag versuch deine hosen an zu halten!!
  14. Well, they used to be quite efficient at invading France....
  15. Are you up on blocks?