Thursday, November 01, 2007

Belgium is failing because there are no real Belgians, just as there are no real Europeans.

Belgium has now gone for 144 days without a government and you know what?… everything seems normal.
Eurocrats are booking their tables at Comme Chez Soi, Moroccan boys are breakdancing in the metro stations, civil servants (there are lots of these) are lingering over their Speculoos biscuits and coffee with gloopy vitamin-enhanced milk substitute.
Historically, Belgiums government has had to buy people's loyalty though massive public works schemes. Every state institution was dragged into the racket: the trade unions, the nationalised enterprises, the social security networks.
Belgium, in short, became a microcosm of what the EU is becoming: a mechanism for the arbitrary reallocation of money. READ THE TIMES

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