"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."

Friday, 30 September 2011

Civil Servants Stand Up To EU

Don't get too excited - that's Greek civil servants, not British. The animosity the Greek people feel towards the EU shows no sign of lessening. Furious at fresh pay cuts and mass lay-offs, civil servants occupied the ministries of finance, development, labour, justice, health, agriculture and interior affairs yesterday and forced the troika to meet elsewhere.

Sometimes our "English reserve" and a stiff upper lip work against us - it makes us willing to put up with far too much. Stoicism in the face of adversity has its place but there are times when the country would be improved by some Mediterranean passion.

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