Baff wrote:So did Hitler.
But the German model only works best for Germans.
To apply a one sized fits all solution to other societies is asking for problems.
Especially if you base that model on an extreme fringe from within the set rather than a median one.
Trying to apply the Germany model to the entire EU economy for example has just resulted in an almighty crash.
Even with the French model I would expect better results for the EU.
The exact opposite is the case:
It is the failure
of places like Greece to apply the German model that has caused all the problems
The Germans pay their taxes and play by the rules. They train their workers and insist on high standards. They have tight financial discipline
To blame the Germans for the disgraceful behavior of the southern fringe is like blaming a householder for having a nice telly which then tempted a thief to burgle his house
We were all laughing at places like Italy and their huge denominated lira notes well before the Euro and well before the EEC even
The Germans have been the island of sanity throughout all this
I once went on my motorbike from Leeds to Yugoslavia and passing over the border from Austria to Italy, I was struck by the contrast between beautifully maintained houses and gardens, to burned out cars and dead dogs and lazy fatties in string vests on the Italian side - and all within 400 yards !
Try going from Monte Carlo to Italy and its the same thing - the slums of Ventimiglia a few miles away are a disgrace
If the German model of economics and social arrangements was used throughout Europe and in the UK and in the USA, we would all be much better off
Am I biased ? well the Germans killed my grandad but I was a Company Director in Germany - so I guess I come from a neutral position
It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous,
then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you. Quote: Tony Benn