Posted 11 May 2010
believe, but sometimes even I like to be proven wrong. What did
I write in my report on alcohol policies back in February?
That come May and the World Health Assembly of the WHO convening
in Geneva, the ills of alcohol consumption would dominate
headlines around the world.
Well, I was wrong. Thank heavens, our politicians have more
urgent matter to deal with than slapping consumers on the wrist
for drinking too much booze.
booze: it warmed my heart to read that at an election party over
in London the host had ice sculptures of naked contestants
Cameron and Brown spilling forth vodka which revellers could
This proves to show that even those loaded with money take to
drink in times of despair.
It’s now days
after the election and Britain still does not have a government.
Whoever will eventually govern Britain – Cameron and Clegg or
the “anti-dream team” Labour-Lib Dem - is most likely going to
make a mess of it.
sneer. With our ruling coalition losing an important regional
election and thus its majority in our second chamber, Germany
will probably be ruled by a conciliation committee for years to
come. A fine mess we got ourselves into.
And I am not
going to discuss Sarkogate – the inquiry started by the Elysee
into who spread the rumour about President Sarkozy and wife
Bruni both having extramarital affairs.
At least the
French have their priorities right and want to talk about sex
and cheating instead of the trivia of politics and how France is
going to meet its fiscal guidelines.
High time for the rest of us to turn to more serious issues like
football and the up-coming Football World Cup in South Africa.
But we are not allowed to.
European Union finance ministers worked late into the night on
Mother’s Day (9 May) before coming up with a EUR 750 billion
package to prop up the euro and forestall further speculative
attacks against the currency.
package pushed through on Monday morning became necessary
following a week of market uncertainty and the continued
freefall of the euro despite a EUR 110 billion bailout package
for Greece agreed to by euro zone states at the beginning of the
Doubt that the Greek bailout would be sufficient was widespread,
with many fearing that Portugal and Spain would be the next to
Taxpayers, don’t these figures make your heads spin?
I never thought I would be tempted to say this, but had not been
for a series of serious crises and crashes - the dodgy mortgage
crisis in the U.S., followed by the global credit market crash,
the Greek crisis, the Mexican Gulf oil spill, the euro crisis,
the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and the stock market crash (6
May) which may have been triggered by a typo (!) – we would be
celebrating the late arrival of spring in Europe sitting outside
in our beer gardens enjoying the first al fresco beer of the
year and feel guilty.
At least the
deepening global economy crisis has put the anti-alcohol
campaigners and their temperance hangers-on back in their
rightful place. For the time being.
february 09 ·