"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Joke Of The Day

Where would we be without the EU and trades unionists?

The former General-Secretary of the TUC (1993-2003), John Monks, has done rather nicely for himself and has been the leader of the European Trades Union Confederation since 2003.

He's been putting himself about quite a bit lately and today he was on the Daily Politics Show being asked for his views on the euro in light of the problems in Spain, Greece et al by Andrew Neil.

Monks said that the Stability & Growth pact was first broken by Germany and France and that:
"The euro, to count it down & out and start the obituary notices now is premature.  I mean, there's people queuing up to join it - Poland for example.  Are they all crazy in Poland?"
When it was pointed out to him that some would argue it should never be allowed in and that Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal never met the criteria, in particular Spain hadn't meet the total national debt criteria of 60%,  he responded by saying:
"Spain met the criteria on Maastricht convergence.  Well, look, nobody in Britain should start smirking about the national total debt because with households, businesses and government all in difficulty, not to mention a large part of our banks... but it seems to me... er, that... ... "
Neil replied that no-one was smirking but were actually quite terrified of the knock-on effects and Monks said we were right to be terrified because he'd "detected an air of considerable self-congratulation" in Britain.

When asked about countries presenting their budgets to the EU before their own Parliaments had sight of them he said that "all the dodgy accounting has to be stopped" and he referred to "the banking system" and what he called "national accounts".  No one mentioned the EU's own accounts which have never been signed off.

So that's it.  My joke of the day is Comrade John Monks for highlighting the utter hypocrisy and vacuity of our socialist brethren.

Francis Maude was also on the show and reiterated that the UK would not show its budget to Brussels before Parliament had seen it.  No-one mentioned that the EU has offered the UK the chance to "simultaneously" present the budget as a get-out-of-a-tight-corner card.

UPDATE:  Perhaps I was too quick off the mark nominating Monks.  I think MSP Frank McAveety is a serious contender:

“There's a very attractive girl in the second row, dark ... and dusky. I know, we'll maybe put a wee word out for her,” Mr McAveety told a clerk sitting next to him.  “She's very attractive looking, nice, very nice, very slim,” before adding: “The heat's getting to me.”
“She looks kinda ... she's got that Filipino look,” he continued, before comparing the woman to the subject of a painting by Paul Gauguin, the leading post-Impressionist artist.  “You know ... the kind you'd see in a Gauguin painting. There's a wee bit of culture.”

Bye bye Mr McAveety.

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