Greece - a sinking ship?

#1
Gosh, when I was a sprog, they told me about the Greeks ruling the waves. Later, as I got older, the media told me about that Onassis chap, shagged some yank bird, I believe. Nobody has ever asked if they can swim, though.
Thing is, if our banks try to teach them, my tax bill would be able to sink the Bismark.
 
#2
A third of the working population work in the Public Sector, they get an extra month's pay at the end of the year and retire on MORE than they earnt per annum when working. FFS, no wonder they're fecked. Next it will be Spain, Italy, Portugal and other layabout countries... then we'll suffer as the EU nick our wallets (again) to bail 'em out. :x NURSE
 
#4
Negligent-Discharge said:
A third of the working population work in the Public Sector, they get an extra month's pay at the end of the year and retire on MORE than they earnt per annum when working. FFS, no wonder they're fecked. Next it will be Spain, Italy, Portugal and other layabout countries... then we'll suffer as the EU nick our wallets (again) to bail 'em out. :x NURSE
You left Ireland off the list. Bloody Europe. Bloody Euro. They should dig that traitorous shite Heath up and put the cnut on trial.
 
#6
Negligent-Discharge said:
A third of the working population work in the Public Sector, they get an extra month's pay at the end of the year and retire on MORE than they earnt per annum when working. FFS, no wonder they're fecked. Next it will be Spain, Italy, Portugal and other layabout countries... then we'll suffer as the EU nick our wallets (again) to bail 'em out. :x NURSE
You forgot to mention the optional payment of tax......or not

Odo
 
#7
If Greece with the Euro goes down the pan , what about the rest of the Euro countries doing a domino and having their currencies colapse as well ??
 
#8
Ireland's economy is in the toilet!!!

We are putting up to €25 billion into our banks, no matter what the Government says we are paying for it by borrowing (while we are paying for it in cuts as well).

Our bankers are still getting bonuses and perks, with no consequences for anyone except the taxpayer.


Yet we are also putting €0.5 billion into Greece, we are lending the Greeks money to buy their own bonds in their own country!!!
 
#10
Rufus-T-Firefly said:
Apparently not, it looks the the Erics are footing the bill.
We might not be in the Euro but we're sure as hell in the IMF. In fact, of the 90 odd members, we're the fourth biggest contributor.

Gordon's still got his hands on the national bank account, and what's left of the gold reserves. I wouldn't put it past him to give us one last fiscal kick in the chankers before he goes down in a ball of flames on 6 May. Knowing his fondness for chucking cash about, I would be surprised if IMF haven't been on the phone already.
 
#11
Greece's Economy is some farming, much shipping and the state.
The state takes out and does not create Wealth much as Gorden has done in UK.
The Greeks have had their Days of plenty and now do not want to suffer the pain of their excess.
john
Sounds a bit like UK.
If Greece goes UK will only be a year or so behind.
 
#12
Ancient_Mariner said:
Rufus-T-Firefly said:
Apparently not, it looks the the Erics are footing the bill.
We might not be in the Euro but we're sure as hell in the IMF. In fact, of the 90 odd members, we're the fourth biggest contributor.

Gordon's still got his hands on the national bank account, and what's left of the gold reserves. I wouldn't put it past him to give us one last fiscal kick in the chankers before he goes down in a ball of flames on 6 May. Knowing his fondness for chucking cash about, I would be surprised if IMF haven't been on the phone already.
Yes I thought all along that Britain under Dear Leader would be parting with yet more money to help Greece.Perhaps Cyclops has considered a tax rate of 100% for those not employed on the public sector to fund this?.
 
#13
You think Greece is a problem, wait until Turkey join the EU and watch the sh*t really hit the fan. And all the top 3 partys' want them in. Do you think the great British public will get any say? of course not, we may give the wrong answer.

This European super state will cause the exact thing it originally was trying to avoid, an unstable Europe, and history tells us what that can lead to.
 

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#14
It's amazing what the Germans will suck up to keep the European experiment on track but that may be coming to an end. I wonder how much political capital Merkel will need to persuade the Germans to graft on in order to keep the Greeks in clover - it's game over for the EU if she can't.

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#16
I think the Eurozone would do better to let Greece sink and keep its powder dry (i.e. keep hold of the money) in order to save Spain. My opinion is that if Greece goes its an embarassment... but if Spain goes then its all****ed. Spain's economy is 5x that of Greece.
 

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#17
fuggyred said:
You think Greece is a problem, wait until Turkey join the EU and watch the sh*t really hit the fan. And all the top 3 partys' want them in. Do you think the great British public will get any say? of course not, we may give the wrong answer.

This European super state will cause the exact thing it originally was trying to avoid, an unstable Europe, and history tells us what that can lead to.
Turkey has recently lifted all visa requirements with its pals in Lebanon, Saudi, and Libya. Once Turkey is in the EU, there is absolutely nothing to stop people from those three wonderful democracies (well, at least Lebanon has a go, I suppose!) coming to the UK via Turkey unhindered. That'll do wonders for security. Apart from that, over the past three years the Turkish government has acted in an increasingly islamist manner, limiting freedoms to sell, use or otherwise have anything to d owith pork and alcohol, as well as in other more subtle manners. They are no friends of the Christian West.

Turkey in the EU? Bad, bad idea....
 
#18
UK contributes 5% pro rata to the IMF bailout. The IMF side of the deal has increased to around 20Bn therefor we British taxpayers will be contributing around 1Bn to the worthy cause..I guess Gordon the moron just taps the market for more borrowed cash. What the hell, he loves spending money overseas anyway.
 
#19
jonwilly said:
Greece's Economy is some farming, much shipping and the state.
The state takes out and does not create Wealth much as Gorden has done in UK.
The Greeks have had their Days of plenty and now do not want to suffer the pain of their excess.
john
Sounds a bit like UK.
If Greece goes UK will only be a year or so behind.


Only if Neue Arbiets get re-elected and refuse to grap a very big nettle of their own creation.

The basics of UK PLc are sound, it's just been asset stripped by the One Eyed Porridge Wog for the last 13 years.
 
#20
Semper_Flexibilis said:
Only if Neue Arbiets get re-elected and refuse to grap a very big nettle of their own creation.

The basics of UK PLc are sound, it's just been asset stripped by the One Eyed Porridge Wog for the last 13 years.
Yeah. The tories did a bang up job of keeping UKPLC together the last time they were in power. 8O
 

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