Saturday, 24 February 2018
Luke and Dolly down at The Old Brigade Inn
The EU's financial minister Angela Merkel is threatening Poland and other countries with a turn of the financial screw if they don't toe her line.
Time: Opening Time
Where: The Old Brigade Inn
Who: Luke Dover and Dolly MacSheep are seated at a corner table.
Dolly: Is Frau Merkel the EU's finance minister?
Luke: No. She just thinks she is. It's Junker.
Luke: That was a joke, Dolly. Actually you're half right though. It is a German.
Luke: Günther Oettinger. And he doesn't like Chinese.
Dolly: I like Chinese. You can't beat a good wok I always say.
Luke: He says they have "slit-eyes" and are "sly".
Luke: I'd only be guessing. But note this, he doesn't like some EU countries.
Luke: They can't do their books. He told them to fly their flags at half-mast.
Dolly: That's a strange thing to say. Look, here's an odd article in the paper.
Luke: How do you mean, odd?
Dolly: It's EU's finances for 2016. They don't make much sense.
Luke: They never do.
Dolly: In 2016 it cost Britain €6,000,000,000 to be a member. A lot of soldi.
Luke: That's because better-off members have to pay more to be in.
Dolly: But Luxembourg made a EU profit. Got more back than they paid in.
Luke: Did you know Luxembourg is the EU's richest country by a mile?
Dolly: Baa . . . I knew it, but I still don't get it.
Luke: Don't worry. Most people don't get it either.
Dolly: And another thing. Why is the flag blue?