Opinion – Magaluf’s new drinking laws flouted and doubted in first 24 hours | World news | The Guardian – John Gelmini

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This article from the Guardian, brought to us by Dr Alf, is indicative of several bigger problems presented by British holidaymakers when presented with too much drink and the same people when it is Friday and Saturday night in the UK, or anywhere else in the world when it is a stag or hen night.

First, there is the reputational damage to the country that these people intent on ”getting hammered” cause. Our holidaymakers drawn from the old C1, C2, D and E social classes, are not welcomed as guests but are feared, tolerated only by the owners of sleazy bars and nightclubs and are a problem to be policed and legislated against. They are often rude, foul mouthed, prone to violence, and oblvious to local customs and practice. It is not just the young, as evidenced by a series of documentaries with titles like “Pensioners behaving Badly”,  which in one case ended up with a Radlett-based pensioner killing himself with excess, as we learnt from one of Rupert Murdoch’s lurid titles, a few days after the program.

Secondly, there is the physical and mental damage they cause themselves by pickling their livers, making themselves depressed when they are back home leading their largely uneventful  lives. My own cemetery in Baldock, Hertfordshire, UK, is testimony to this culture of hard-drinking, smoking and debauched living culture, where at least 55 people that I knew as a schoolboy have had early deaths for these reasons. Living quickly, like the character in the old television series “Thirty Days To Live”(The program featured a man given a year to live by his doctors who then decided to cram a year’s worth of living and self indulgence into what was a 1 hour episode),is one thing that I know from earlier experience as a callow youth. However, killing yourself before your time is unnatural and potentially a tragic waste of life.

Thirdly, there is the cost to the NHS and the pressure it puts on A&E at weekends. This is compounded by the fact that people who are genuinely sick and in need of medical attention are missed, misdiagnosed and end up dead because the unnecessary pressures caused by these unthinking people cause fatal errors to be made.

Fourthly, there is the productivity sapping effects of too many “duvet days”, too many hangovers, tiredness from too little sleep and the debilitating effects of low potassium and no vitamins in the body after nights of alcohol fueled excess.

Fifthly, there are the long-term costs to everyone else in the form of higher Council Tax to pay for Adult Social Care and taxes from Central Government being higher than they should be for the supposedly “Free at the point of need NHS”. Under present pressures GPs are either retiring early or are heading for America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada for more money and a better lifestyle. Much of the problem is down to a laissez faire culture that says “anything goes” that people are free to do whatever they like and a failure of the education system and many parents to inculcate sensible behavior and a firm grounding in Judeo-Christian ethics, a sound work ethic and a sense of personal responsibility.

Sixth, a further consequence of too much alcohol is infertility and erectile dysfunction ,so that as the rate of indigenous family formation falls, the overall replacement rate for the indigenous population falls to 1.88 whereas for racial survival it needs to be at 2.4. In summary the indigenous population is killing itself off by stealth in the form of self induced madness and ethic cleansing by default.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Anxious Greeks pull money from banks amid fears of capital controls – FT.com – John Gelmini

Dr Alf’s grim prognosis is correct. Since at the time we had the banking crash in the UK, Nationwide Building Society customers were reassured by the then Chancellor, Alistair Darling, that “Your money is perfectly safe”, but customers chose to disbelieve him and withdraw their money anyway.

The Greeks have a Government that they placed their faith in, which employs people like Varoufakis, who even I can see is not to be trusted further than he can be thrown, on the basis of his total inability and unwillingness to answer questions and his unconvincing body language.

This is why they withdraw their money and somehow are able in some cases to spirit it out of the country and buy cars.

This Greek government was elected amid much fanfare on the basis that it told people what they wanted to hear, rather than the truth. All of us in Europe will pay for this tragedy, irrespective of whether the Greek Government remains in the Euro with yet more good money thrown at it, or whether it leaves the Euro which it should never have joined in the first place and goes back to the Drachma.

A bankrupt country is essentially what Greece is and it will remain that way until it broadens its economic base and its Government and people recognize that they cannot have even a modest standard of living on the work, effort and money of everyone else. People need to remember that Greece has benefited from EU structural funds, from countries like the UK and Germany, which have to make contributions bigger than anything they get in return and £300 billion in bailout funds not one penny of which has been repaid once interest is factored in.

What we are being asked to do now is let the Greek people withdraw all the cash from their banks and write off what we have given them already and then give them some more.

In addition,  the five plutocratic families, who have plundered much of Greece’s money, are presumably still at large, like many of the people in the UK and America who benefited from the banking crash and hid all their money in 40 different tax havens and then converted it into real property, gems, fine art and gold. The Greek Government is not going after these plutocrats and there is no sign of a “European arrest warrant” to allow these criminals to be captured and Greece’s plundered money brought back to Greece to allow the misery of the people there to be alleviated.

Greece must now leave the Euro, return to the Drachma and start the painful process of restructuring and reform. We in the rest of Europe should provide assistance with advice, guidance and marketing so that children who are not to blame and are guileless innocents should have a future but we should not under any circumstances give that country a penny more because that will remove from Greek adults the consequences of their own actions and encourage others to want similar treatment.

John Gelmini