The forgiveness we received in 1953
bears no comparison to the situation Greece
has put itself in today. Whatever
criticisms might be levelled
at the German governments
of the first half of the last century,
they didn’t waste good money
on crazy schemes to allow
the school caretaker retire at fifty five,
but invested wisely
in long term infrastructure
and engineering projects:
tanks to pacify Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia;
enough gas canisters to almost
carry out their apparently impossible
election promises; V-2 rockets
with ‘England’ written on them.
My predecessor, whatever else
may be said of him, didn’t
squander our nation’s treasure giving
free kebabs and ouzo to officials
of the Ministry of Transport as they woke
from their compulsory afternoon nap,
but shopped around frugally
for enough excellent leather boots
to properly police the streets
of Prague, Cracow, Bucharest, Minsk,
Liege, Amsterdam, Lyon;
after much haggling and complaint
purchased, at ridiculously miniscule prices,
the millions of Stahlhelm helmets
spent in our valiant attempt
to annex the Soviet oilfields in the Caucasus.
Though it didn’t come to exact fruition,
we died trying, and took enough of them with us
to make it almost worth it.
Go cause a nice world war,
my little olive eating friend,
and in its aftermath, we’ll talk.
Play your cards with sufficient insanity,
all across the map, while wearing outfits
of the required eccentricity
and you’ll find our terms
*term of endearment used to refer to Angela Merkel by her supporters. Means “Mum”.
The Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors (CMABS) welcomes the package of support measures announced today by Minister Zappone. However, CMABS notes that this package is almost identical to the proposals put forward to Minister James Reilly in the aftermath of the Tuam 800 story breaking almost 5 years ago. CMABS proposals were in turn based on the package given to Magdalene survivors in 2013. Thousands of survivors have passed away in the last five years since Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced there would be urgent action for survivors. CMABS also notes that Minister Zappone is still restricting the package to survivors born in, and/or resident in, Mother and Baby homes but, those who were illegally adopted or victims of forced adoption outside of the M&B home, are still excluded. This cynical restriction is cutting an elderly and dying community in half and many survivors will despair at being left behind by Minister Zappone. The Minister is inflicting ‘survivor guilt’ on an elderly community to her eternal shame.