Monday, 2 January 2012

A Greek Tragedy in Five Acts

The Financial Times has come up with an absolutely hilarious opener to 2012. Happy New Year to all!
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ATHENS. The spotlight opens on George Papandreou, who is at home in bed, tossing in his sleep.

Papandreou (waking up): Great gods! Will these nights never end? Will daylight never come? I heard the cock crow hours ago, but my indolent and totally corrupt people are still snoring away! Curses on this debt crisis! Curses on Pasok! I can’t even sack my own public servants.

The spotlight switches to the top floor of Papandreou’s home and reveals the Troika of Creditors, who are armed with iPads and studying a pile of dusty Greek ledgers.

First Creditor: It really is quite remarkable. Until last month more than 1,000 dead pensioners were receiving payments from Greece’s biggest pension fund.

Second Creditor: And what about this? The Greek state considers 637 types of job to be so arduous that the people doing them get early retirement.


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