It’s really tiring to have to face totally unprotected and be exposed to every jazzy nonsense that comes in one’s mind, just because you’re Greek. Here comes an EU health commissioner in a state of disarrangement with reality and confusses his role with the one of a labour commissioner. Instead of urging Greeks to stop smoking because cancer and other smoke related health problems would cost the broke Greek insurance funds big bags of money, as the commons sense in times of austerity would suggest, what is striking argument of the new EU guy? That Greeks – and only Greeks – should stop smoking because it reduces … productivity.
EU Commissioner-saving idea: Greeks should stop smoking
Thus, EU Health Commissioner Borg will win many Greeks no sympathy points: You should quit smoking. The economic advantages argues the Maltese.
The Maltese EU Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg wants the Greeks stop smoking. “Smoking reduces productivity, which harms the national economy,” Borg said the “Business Week”. “I’m soon to Greece, where 40 percent of people smoke. This is a cost factor that needs to be talked about.”
About 29 percent of EU citizens are smokers, according to Borg. In Germany, there were 26 percent. One end of tobacco use would be economically advantageous to the Commissioner. The argument that the tobacco tax brings the Treasury tax revenues in the billions, he can not apply. (BusinessWeek via 1hnews)
I wonder what are the EU criteria for picking up Commissioners. It’s must be according to what they drink or smoke… I really see no other explanation.
… and wait until Malta seeks bailout 🙂
PS I slowly believe, God has no mercy with Greeks 🙁