Stating the obvious in the Eurocrisis

Europe’s motto is “united in diversity”, only it seems that most of the countries just want to sell each other out.

The Independent, Friday 25 May 2012

“Spain is not Greece” – Elena Salgado (Spanish Finance Minister February 2010)

“Portugal is not Greece” – The Economist (April 2010)

“Greece is not Ireland” – George Papaconstantinou (Greek Finance Minister November 2010)

“Spain is neither Ireland, nor Portugal” – Elena Salgado (Spanish Finance Minister November 2010)

“Ireland is not in Greek Territory” – Brian Lenihan (Irish Finance Minister November 2010)

“Neither Spain nor Portugal is Ireland” – Angel Gurria (Secretary-General OECD November 2010)

“Italy is not Spain” – Ed Parker (Fitch MD June 2012)

“Spain is not Uganda” – Mariano Rajoy (Spanish PM June 2012)

“Uganda does not want to be Spain” – Ugandan Foreign Minister

The above quotes were circulated by City Broker Fairfax, it reminds me of Aesop’s Fable:

An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring in a faggot of sticks, and said to his eldest son: “Break it.” The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the Bundle. The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful. “Untie the faggots,” said the father, “and each of you take a stick.” When they had done so, he called out to them: “Now, break,” and each stick was easily broken. “You see my meaning,” said their father.