My Political Seer from the Sibillini Mountains

Once again I have been privileged to receive pronouncements from a political voice rising from the mist of the Sibylline Mountains in Central Italy. This time Nic Mudie offers his brief but scathing views on a couple of the seemingly eternal problems dodging the EU. I have added a couple of notes in parenthesis to help foreigners understand Nic’s code. (Although some of it I don’t understand myself…)

Tsipras, I had assumed, was the demotic spelling for Cyprus in Latin script but turned out to be the moniker of a feisty fart young smeller who changes his tune about 3 times a day. But then the Greeks can be relied upon to have several words for it, whatever it is. I was also convinced that his companion in crime , if not support for Crimea in Russian hands, said ‘ Where? You fu..ers’, as he threatened to let the tyres down on poor old Schauble’s Rollstuhl (wheelchair) . It turned out that Veroufakis was just introducing his well qualified self. Having taught economics just about everywhere including Cambridge he’s now got the chance to put it into practice: call it work experience. He can be his own intern.
Once Draghi’s (head of European Central Bank) had his hissy fit about not swapping meaningless paper for worthless, watch out for extend and pretend re Greek loans. Paper vehicles like ‘variated zero coupon perpetuals ‘ will start flying around. As I said, Greeks have always got a word for it which means ‘We’re not paying’ to them and ‘ Oh yes you are’ to the German taxpayer. Wiser heads than mine will start wielding terms like bisque bonds, which means to most people: delicious creamy lobster soup (the average German will think to himself that’s far too good for those lazy Levantines and I’m not going Dutch on the restaurant bill; I only had Wurst und Kartoffel (sausage and potatoes). The term was first coined by Keynes and sought to tie interest rates and rates of repayment to changes in GDP growth.

Nuffovallthat (enough of all that): we’ve got a new president in Italy after only 4 rounds of voting and Burly boy (Berlusconi) is definitely pissed off, as this new chap is most unlikely to offer him a pardon.

Nic did send me this a few day ago and thus I am forced – to my chagrin – to add the latest on Berlusconi. He has won the final appeal against his conviction for having sex with an underaged prostitute and a few other associated charges. He had been banned from holding public office, but now that, too, is rescinded. Despite theoretically having been cleared, the 78 year-old has suffered massive damage from the disclosure of the regular “bunga-bunga parties” with prostitutes that took place in his Milan villa.

We can only hope that the Italian electorate has finally recognized this man for what he is. May they never again let themselves be seduced to elect him to public office!



Filed under Europe, Italy, Politics

4 responses to “My Political Seer from the Sibillini Mountains

  1. Alison Ward

    Was that your political seer from the Silly Billy Mountains?!? I didn’t understand a word…..

    But I wonder if I’m related to him – there are Mudies in my family!

    Shame you won’t be at the Wendlings. We’ll have to get together sometime.

    Alison x

    • Hi Alison

      You’re not required to understand, just take as read and marvel at the prescience, if not the near papal infallibility, that produced this piece which was written over 9 weeks ago. For confirmation of my hubris have a look at today’s lead story in the F.T., which tells you the EU has got precisely nowhere as far as Greece is concerned. Dear old Einstein, whilst upsetting a simpler Newtonian view of the universe by providing an incomplete answer to absolutely everything , was dead right about the lunatics running the Euro show; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is indeed the definition of madness.

      As for relatives, I did have some annoying Australian cobber ( forgive the lapse into demotic : too much watching of ‘Rake’- a splendidly iconoclastic Aussie series ) who used to pester me about branches of our family as he was writing some genealogical work. I finally got rid of him with the following explanation. Friends , you choose with care, enemies require the exercise of careful judgement, relations , you’re stuck with. But you don’t have to be nice to them. Behind me in the library as I write ( and wrote to him) is a book called The Mudies of Angus published and written1959 by Sir Francis Mudie and Commander Ian M.N.Mudie.

      Yours wryly and not too seriously Nic

    • There you go, Alison, the word straight from the Mudie’s mouth! I shall add the insider info that I possess: he is from the Mudie line that established the Mudie Lending Library. Maybe that offers a clue.

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